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Ed and Dave Think Different About This Derm
from Dave L.

Ed:  You have a great site and your helping me and a lot of people.  My doctor is from the Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey.  All these D's see you for literally 30 seconds and then run out the door.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  But my doc seems to be a real shaker and mover in this field so I let it go. 

When I questioned him about some of these treatments he said “Don’t over-complicate it for me.”  I always think the Derms want to get you under the lamp to make money. 

Last year, when I told him I'll stick to the topicals, he was clearly insulted.  Well, after a year of worsening P, I’ve finally given in.  With my tail between my legs, I went back to his office and now I am candidate for UVB, waiting for insurance to OK it.   I hope it works, he told me there are no risks. 

Amevive looks ten years down the line.  Who’s going to pay $10,000 for a 12-week course of shots? 

Thanks, -Dave L.


Ed’s Response:  Well, your derm might be a “real shaker and mover” but I’d be less kind to someone who, on the one hand, says I’m “over-complicating” things for him by asking questions and then, on the other hand, appears insulted when I decline his treatment recommendation.  Matter of fact, given no more than you’ve shared here, I’d have to say this bozo would not make an appearance anywhere on my Christmas Card list.

I hope the UVB works for you.  At least I agree (sort of) with your derm’s suggestion that there are no risks.  That’s likely true if you follow directions to the letter. 

As much as I hate to say it, I’m afraid you’re close to correct in the implication behind your question, “Who’s going to pay $10,000 for a 12-week course of shots?”  It will be a thin minority of flakers who will do it.  Hopefully, if Biogen has their way, it will be the insurance company forking over these big bucks.  But I’ll venture to say this, Amevive better be pretty darn good for pretty close to everybody who tries it.  If I was running an insurance company who agreed to pay for this stuff, I’d be very interested in just how many of my members were getting my money’s worth out of it.

Stay in touch, Dave.  -Ed

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