Simplefill is dedicated to making it easier for Americans to afford the medications they need. Learn about our psoriasis patient assistance programs, and apply today.
What Is Psoriasis?
There are several forms of psoriasis. The most common is plaque psoriasis, which causes skin cells to multiply much faster than normal—up to ten times faster. This creates thick, bumpy red patches covered with white scales, which are called plaques. Plaques are itchy and painful and often form on the scalp, knees, elbows, and back.
People with psoriasis suffer emotionally as well as physically. Psoriasis plaques can be unsightly, causing patients embarrassment and damaging their self-confidence. Some people who don’t understand the condition may shy away, fearing that it might be contagious. Psoriasis is not contagious, but it does tend to run in families.
Some people with psoriasis also develop a form of arthritis, known as psoriatic arthritis, which causes painful, swollen joints.
What Psoriasis Medication Assistance Does Simplefill Provide?
Simplefill aims to lessen the financial burden on psoriasis patients by working with pharmaceutical companies and nonprofit organizations to defray some or all of the cost of their medications. There are a number of drug assistance programs that may offer some financial relief, depending on the patient’s financial means and insurance coverage.
Simplefill provides psoriasis assistance programs for commonly prescribed medications, such as Humira and Enbrel, and more.
How Do Different Types of Psoriasis Medication Work?
Several different types of drugs are used in the treatment of psoriasis, often in combination with topical medications and light therapy. These drugs may be injected or administered orally.
- Retinoids. Retinoids are drugs that are derived from or related to Vitamin A, such as Soriatane (acitretin). They are used to treat severe psoriasis that has been unresponsive to other medications. They should not be used by pregnant women or any woman planning to become pregnant within the next three years, as they carry a risk of serious birth defects.
- Methotrexate. Methotrexate (branded as Rheumatrex) decreases the rate at which skin cells are produced and combats inflammation.
- Immunosuppressants. Immunosuppressants suppress the immune system, which increases the risk of infection and other health problems. Gengraf and Neoral (both forms of cyclosporine) are two such medications. Immunosuppressants are intended for short-term use.
- Biologics. Drugs like Enbrel (etanercept), Humira (adalimumab), Stelera (ustekinumab), and Taltz (ixekizumab) don’t simply suppress the immune system—they alter it. Biologics are typically administered by injection and are used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis in patients that haven’t responded to other treatments. They are also used to treat psoriatic arthritis.
How to Get Psoriasis Prescription Assistance from Simplefill
To start the process with Simplefill, apply online or by phone at 1(877)386-0206. A Simplefill advocate will call you for a brief interview within 24 hours. Your answers to the interview questions will help us match you up with the assistance programs you may qualify for. We’ll submit applications to those programs on your behalf then get you enrolled if you are approved.
We’re in this with you for the long haul. Simplefill will make sure your prescriptions are renewed as needed, and we can update your prescription list as your doctor(s) add or discontinue medications.
Apply today to get started with Simplefill! The sooner you apply, the sooner you can start getting the help you need covering the cost of your psoriasis medications.