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Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA):
- Psoriasis increases risk for heart attack, heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes, obesity and depression.
- Psoriasis is the most common immune-mediated disease in the country, affecting more than 8 million Americans.
- 35% with moderate to severe psoriasis are untreated. 1/3 of psoriasis patients and 90 percent of PsA patients report their disease is a large problem in everyday life.
- 52% of patients are dissatisfied with current treatment.
- High rate of undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. Nearly one in four people withpsoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis
- Studies show that the more severe psoriasis is, the greater the risk of serious events, such as heart attack.
Problems with access to care
- 40 percent say cost is an issue in accessing treatment.
- Despite having insurance, the majority of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients pay more than $2,500 in out-of-pocket costs per year.
- Copayments for biologic drugs for psoriasis cost an average of $1,500 per year
- One-third of patients say it's a financial strain to pay for their biologic drug.