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Why are biologics for Crohn's disease so expensive?

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Biologics are hard to make, and that drives up the price. One year of treatment can add up to about $20,000. Even if you have health insurance, you may have to pay 25% to 35% of the cost of the drug. If your doctor suggests a biologic drug to treat your Crohn's disease, don't rule it out because of the price. You may be able to get help to pay for it.

SOURCES:

Dryden Jr., G. , August 2009. Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy

Trapp, Doug. April 12, 2010. American Medical News,

FDA: "Facts and Myths About Generic Drugs."

Engelberg, A. , Nov. 12, 2009. New England Journal of Medicine

Society of Actuaries:  "Infliximab therapy for individuals with Crohn's disease: Analysis of health care utilization and expenditures."

Sensabaugh, S. , 2007. Journal of Generic Medicines

Forbes: "Why Biologics Remain Expensive."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Dryden Jr., G. , August 2009. Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy

Trapp, Doug. April 12, 2010. American Medical News,

FDA: "Facts and Myths About Generic Drugs."

Engelberg, A. , Nov. 12, 2009. New England Journal of Medicine

Society of Actuaries:  "Infliximab therapy for individuals with Crohn's disease: Analysis of health care utilization and expenditures."

Sensabaugh, S. , 2007. Journal of Generic Medicines

Forbes: "Why Biologics Remain Expensive."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 25, 2018

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