There are several types of medications used in infusion therapy. Depending on your condition, the medications include:
Actemra – Used for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Actemra works differently than other treatments in that it blocks the activity of a cytokine in the immune system called IL-6. When there are too many IL-6 in the body, too many white blood cells are created and they begin to attack the body and joints, contributing to rheumatoid arthritis. Actemra is used after the use of an anti-TNF medication was not successful.
Orencia – Orencia is used in the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Orencia works to improve symptoms and prevent further damage to your joints. It also reduces the symptoms in children and adolescents with juvenile arthritis. In addition to being administered by infusion therapy, Orencia has recently been approved for self-injections.
Remicade – Remicade is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. For treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Remicade is taken with methotrexate to provide quick relief of pain and swelling. When taken for psoriatic arthritis, it also provides quick relief from symptoms and helps stop further damage. For patients with Crohn’s Disease, this medication helps those who have not responded well to other treatments by reducing symptoms and inducing remission.
RemiStart®... Patient Rebate Program for REMICADE® - One-step Patient Enrollment Based on your eligibility, RemiStart® can provide a rebate for your medication out-of-pocket costs, including deductible, co-payment, and co-insurance, for up to 12 months or eight infusions, for a maximum benefit of $20,000.
Rituxan – Rituxan is used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis after an anti-TNF medication has been used and was not successful. Used with methotrexate, Rituxan can improve symptoms for six months after just 1 course of treatment (2 infusions).
Most insurance companies cover infusion therapy. Our billing department will go over your cost share with you in order for you to fully understand your responsibility for the treatments given.
To learn more about how these medications can help you, please contact our office at (713) 944-9368.