Why are some slow in seeking approval for peg-intron and pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Price. It is a very expensive medication! insurance want to make sure it is indeed indicated before paying such a pricey medication.
Usually Insurance. Assuming you are ready to be treated with peg interferon from your doctor, the prescription usually gets submitted to the pharmacy and from there the "downtime" usually depends on your insurance plan and approval. Ask your nurse or physician assistant about the details.

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What is the difference between pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) & peg-intron?

Size of the molecule. Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) is larger size and comes in solution where as pegontron comes as powder that needs to be reconstituted with saline before administration. Efficacy wise, Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) may be marginally better. Read more...

What are some common side effects of pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Flu-like symptoms. Although Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) has been known to make psychiatric symptoms worse and cause some problems with bone marrow suppression (anemia, low white count, low platelets), the most common side effect is flu-like symptoms. Read more...

Any long term side effects from pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a)?

Usually not. In general, once you have finished your treatment with pegasys, (peginterferon alfa 2a) side effects/symptoms that you were having during treatment slowly disappear, but can take up to 6 months and in some instances 1 year although rare. It can result in autoimmune disorders, although this is also rare. I would discuss your concerns with your treating physician for other rare long term side effects. Read more...

Infergen use after pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure appropriate?

Not really. I am assuming you are asking about hepatits c treatment. Infergen is an old type of interferon. Data suggest that Infergen has little or no benefit after Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) failure. There are new oral medications. These medications (pills) along with Pegasys (peginterferon alfa 2a) and Ribavirin has very good response rate, if you are infected with type i hepatitis c virus. Response rate is doubled from previous treatment. Read more...