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and Ultravate or Clobetasol Propionate
Ultravate mixed together. That's
what my dermatologist recommends, based on what he says is
not-yet-published evidence from NYU medical school.
won't pay for Ultravate, saying that Clobetasol is 'just as good.'
So ... Why was
I given nearly-identical red patches on each elbow and upper arm
(gasp) $52 in a 30-gram tube of Ultravate, and, for 3 weeks, have been using
the Dovonex/Ultravate mixture on one arm (twice a day) and the Blue
Shield-approved protocol of Clobetasol and Dovonex each twice a day, but
not at the same time.
Dovonex/Ultravate arm is definitely doing better. I've sent photos to the
Blue Shield appeal board, and, to their credit, they are taking it
seriously, and have been in touch with the dermatologist; decision
promised by month-end. -John
Response: Good for you, John!
Please share the decision with us.
Well, one of the reasons why BS (how appropriate, no?) likes
clobetasol propionate better, I’m sure, is that generic version(s) are
available. I’m finishing up
a round on one generic as we speak — and, starting day after tomorrow,
trying — you guessed it — Dovonex and Ultravate.
My insurer is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield affiliate.
It will be interesting to see if they shun the Ultravate.
Looks like we’ll both have new things to report next month. -Ed