Does your psoriatic disease drug cost too much? Join the club!

| Tamara Miller

Today’s psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis treatments can do amazing things. They can clear skin almost completely, halt the progression of joint damage from psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and make it possible to live full and active lives.

They can also make you downright broke.

According to a National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) survey, 44 percent of those with psoriatic disease say they struggle to afford the cost of their treatments. There are a lot of reasons why drugs for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis cost so much. For one, these drugs are inherently expensive to make. Recent changes in many insurer’s coverage policies aren’t helping, either.

Many insurers are moving drugs like biologics into a “specialty tier.” Instead of paying a $50 or $100 copay at the pharmacy counter, many people with psoriatic disease are being asked to pay a coinsurance, or a certain percentage of the price of the drug. Now that trip to the drug store can cost as much as $1,500. 

NPF is working to reduce the cost of treating psoriatic disease by joining a number of coalition groups across the country in what is being referred to as the “Cap the Copay” movement. We are moving forward with legislation in nearly a dozen states that would cap the out-of-pockets costs patients have to pay for high-cost drugs. 

Maybe $1,500 a month is chump change to you. We’re guessing it isn’t, though.

That’s why we’re asking for your help. Do you struggle to pay for your biologic drug? Have high out-of-pocket costs prevented you from using a treatment? What would it mean for you if a drug were more affordable?

Our advocacy team is looking for people with psoriatic disease who can talk about the cost of treating their condition in the following states considering Cap the Copay legislation: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, Michigan or Wisconsin.

Send us an email. Share your story. Make a difference for yourselves and others coping with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Driving discovery, creating community

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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