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  • koufax62 koufax62 Feb 8, 2014 11:27 PM Flag

    Humble Disagreement with Adam

    I was over the top harsh critiquing Adam Feuerstein's views on Otrexup because upon further review, I find that there is some sprinkling of facts & truths incorporated in the full article.

    For instance, oral methotrexate IS the most widely prescribed of the existing options (70% of a total 1.5M RA patients). Injectable methotrexate DOES deliver higher blood levels of the drug over pills. And lastly, IT IS inconvenient for a patient to make office visits to be administered an injection.

    Well, the above is at least something that EVERYBODY can agree with!

    Now to the disagreement phase. "Rheumatologists and insurers aren't likely to embrace Otrexup"? As expected initial tier3 reimbursement with also expected transition to tier2.. No lack of embrace that I can see! or perhaps the insurers would prefer to foot the bill for biologic therapies instead? "Rheumatologists not likely to embrace Otrexup". Not according to feedback from the top RA authorities and practitioners in the country. Dr. Wotton was "man of the year" at the American College of RA Convention in San Diego fall '13. Ears to the ground! Seasoned sales reps walking in to corporate to apply for a territory on the buzz that building! Combine all that with the highly qualified, highly respected figures in the RA world that represent Antares and one would be remiss not to totally disagree with the AF premise.

    "In office injections cheaper"? Really! $548.00 / 4 dose script or $137.00 per vs office visit at ? $150.00???

    "The benefits of Otrexup over oral unfounded"? This is just plain silly but exactly why some patients are transitioned off oral to an injected form in the first place. Intramuscular vs no pain in home convenience? That isn't a tough one Adam!

    To conclude, AF has written many informative pieces for the Street but I must say , without bias, this had the look and content of something he researched in 10 minutes. Nobody is perfect I suppose!


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