Barriers to Psoriatic Disease Treatment

The National Psoriasis Foundation recently surveyed almost 800 people with psoriatic disease to learn how more about how they are treating their disease and what barriers keep them from treating.

Treatment is essential to stopping the joint damage caused by psoriatic arthritis, to improving the quality of life of those with psoriasis and to reducing the risk of comorbidities like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and depression.

The good news? Most surveyed are using something for their disease. More than half of people with psoriatic disease use topical treatments. Biologics are the second-most common treatment.

Still, seven percent of people surveyed use nothing at all.

More than half say they are using their current treatment based on their doctor's advice.

Unfortunately, almost half surveyed say they started their current treatment because the last one didn't work.

It comes as little surprise, then, that a good portion of people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis are unhappy with their current treatment.

And those who don't treat their psoriatic disease have a variety of reasons.

Among those who do treat, nearly half had trouble getting their treatments in the first place.

We know cost can be a factor in treating psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. A majority of the people surveyed have some form of health insurance to help pay for their health care.

The bad news? Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said treatment costs are too much. Those who rely on biologic treatments are seeing an increase in their out-of-pocket expenses.

There is help, however. Patient assistance programs can help offset many of the costs of treatment, especially for biologic drugs.

Do you need help paying for your treatments? Get help today »


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For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.

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