• I just seen on 60 Minutes, one dose of Rituxin costs $13,702.00. Do you know how much your drugs cost?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, January 12, 2015

    I just seen on 60 Minutes, one dose of Rituxin costs $13,702.00. Do you know how much your drugs cost?

    31 Answers from the Community

    31 answers
    • glam's Avatar
      glam

      Because we live abroad with no healthy insurance I know the cost of each drug, treatment and surgery. ..... everything for cancer here is extremely expensive! !!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • robsterstu's Avatar
      robsterstu

      I was told my 30 day supply of Gilotrif was over $6,000 each month.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GillianJ's Avatar
      GillianJ

      I found out that one round of Folfox was $13,000.
      My husband changed jobs during my chemo treatments. We went in the day after he started his new job and the chemo center hadn't gotten the new insurance information yet. They said I could push chemo back a week (my oncologist said it was okay), or we could pay the $13,000 bill. We chose to wait a week.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      How much is the Markup on that....anybody know?
      Is it true that the Oncologists Buy the Chemo and then sell it to us?
      I think it is the only drug like that....SO how much and how many make money off of the chemo.
      ALSO....do you think it really costs that much or do they have a monopoly.....?

      almost 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      The shingles vaccine costs about $170. It's not covered by Medicare, yet treatment for shingles can be a few thousand or more. I have one med where the price depends on where it's made-Valenzuela, Taiwan, or Italy. Then it depends if the US runs out, and there's a bidding war between the military, hospitals, VA, and pharmacy systems like Costco. Medicare doesn't approve of it. I pay for it myself, and I have to fight Medicare and my advantage plan to be able to purchase them. I can get 60 venezuelan pills for $25. Taiwan $40, Italy $68. The pills are made in only one size. They seem equally effective. There was a bidding war, because the FDA stopped American production, and tried to stop the import of these pills. I was paying over $200 a month for 60 pills. The FDA created this problem, because new meds-that don't work on me- came out with 2 new expensive meds. They were pulled off of the market because they didn't work for others. I know that I wasn't paying $175 for pill, like people do for a shingles shot. Oh, that flu stuff- see your doctor within 3 days of flu symptoms-that's over $200. .

      almost 5 years ago
    • junebug0121's Avatar
      junebug0121

      My Neulasta shot was $10,460 ... Medicare paid them $6,000. I had 3 in a 9 week period.

      almost 5 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      After the 60 Minutes show I researched the cost of the TCH I was on and it totaled $29,000 per infusion (6) or about $120,000. The cost in Canada was about 50% less

      almost 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Yes, Barry, doctors and clinics buy cancer meds, and then resell it to their patients.
      In my state you can take a very sick toddler to a doctor. The child has a fever and is screaming in agony.You go to a pharmacy, and wait and wait with this sick screaming child to get the prescription filled. 30 years ago, you could get the antibiotic at the doctor's office and rush the child home. The pharmacists and grocery stores didn't like that, as you didn't walk around and buy cold drinks for the child.

      So it's illegal for a child to leave a medical clinic with meds, but it's OK for cancer patients to buy over-priced meds at the doctor's clinic.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I wonder if this is ONE reason that they rush you into treatment and don't champion anything else.....of course they could lose their license I guess....SO HOW many times is it Marked up....these poisons aren't on Patent anymore so I wonder WHY some cheaper Generics aren't available and also I wonder why nobody ever went after them for price fixing and collusion? There I go again asking the Pesky Word Why....Does anybody else ever wonder about this? HOW much profit are they making off of us and WHY can't they kick back some to us because without us and the Insurance Industry NOBODY would be taking this stuff and the Gravy Train would be over and done......

      almost 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      They buy in bulk and get a discount-and charge what they want.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      So basically they should be called CHEMOTHERAPISTS because that is their only Business...and of course it's not THEIR Fault as that is the only bullet they have in their gun...Oh Well...

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Read this and WEEP.....There seems to be a direct result in HOW much and how often chemo is given and ALSO Using more expensive drugs as the reimbursement when down. Something sounds awful here...I know, I know you all think I'm just a cynic and ask too many questions but if you read this article it may make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Thanks for posting Greg....and we are just caught up in all this....Just Follow The Money...ugh!!!!!!!!

      http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/08/oncologist-pay-chemotherapy-buy-bill-needs-stop.html

      almost 5 years ago
    • angeldancer's Avatar
      angeldancer

      I think it is a lot true to what barryboomer said. The first oncologist charged my insurance one price for the protocol and then when I went to a bigger established the cost of just the oxiplatin went up by 2500 dollars. Just for the oxiplatin was 9000 per infusion, I think the 5fu was 3000 and the other one was about 1500 dollars. Now that I am not on the chemo I think there is a disjointed relationship going on with me and my oncologist. I am still having serious side effects but feel that I have been thrown to other doctors and the emergency room. I guess they don't know how to handle what the chemo did to me or its not worth the price. They charge me to come in and see the doctor 250 dollars when I was a cash patient but with insurance they are charging 800 to 900 dollars. Last year the surgery center charged me around 1300 dollars for use of the facility and this year because I signed up for insurance its 16000 dollars. Wow, this is why the medical and medical insurance issues are killing we the consumers.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      I wonder out of $100,000 for a series of some chemo HOW much is the profit for the Docs and the Drug Companies.....and WHY do the Insurance companies pay? I believe that IF you dug really deep here you'd find that the Drug Companies AND the Docs are kicking back a LOT to the Insurance Companies and it's one big money making scam. How much can poison OFF Patent really cost....it is a joke and we are the Butt of them...and nobody does anything and if a Great Investigative Reporter uncovered the sorry truth THEY would find a way to destroy the Messenger....some how some way.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Hey Angel.....I never thought of it that way but you are Correct. The Oncologists just tell you to go to the ER and when the ER is through with you they tell you to back to the Oncologist and on and on it goes. There using such toxic material that they don't have any answers for the side effects because it there was an answer there would surely be a Side Effects Doc....

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      My health care is different in some ways as I have Kaiser. The doctors do not buy the drugs and do not profit from those they prescribe. I don't get a breakdown of each chemo drug (and pre-medications) but my care for the first six months (all doctor's visits, blood draws, chemo drugs, including EVERYTHING) was just under $200,000. So glad I have great insurance.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      How do you know that THEY don't buy the chemo?
      They must all be in bed together because unless the Insurance Companies the patients wouldn't be getting chemo at all. MAYBE they'd have something better.....I wouldn't believe any of them.

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Because I asked after I saw the 60 Minutes show.

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Great!!!
      Some good guys....Thanks!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar
      Debbie

      My monthly statements ranged from $120,000 to $140,000. Add scans, surgeries plus out of pocket for prescriptions, close to $600,000 in 6 months. Now faslodex injections every 4 weeks with pre-shot iv and blood work is about $6600 a month. Only (ha) 10% out of pocket cost. Ugh......

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      If there was NO health Insurance How much WOULD this stuff really cost. It's like colleges and student loans. The More kids get loans the higher the tuition becomes. It's ridiculous....NOBODY is watching or minding the store... Would we even be given chemo without health insurance....lol

      I believe the Markup would shock us IF we knew. This is 50 year old poison that has no use except this. And IT is debatable.....so I'm going to DIG on this story and see how much they really are ripping off us and the system....trust me it ain't going to be a pretty picture.

      almost 5 years ago
    • kalindria's Avatar
      kalindria

      Barry - researchers/investigators who "dig in" to a topic with a preconceived notion of what they're going to find aren't apt to find anything they don't expect. Just saying you've already drawn your conclusions, so why bother?

      almost 5 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar
      msesq

      Herceptin was recently approved by the FDA (in the 2000's recently). It is probably saving my life and the lives of those of us unlucky enough to have HERS2+ breast cancer. So it hasn't been around for 50 years and is a monoclonal antibody that interferes with the HER2/neu receptor so it isn't a "poison" as you put it. The side effects are usually minimal and I go to work after my infusions. Even if it was closer to Taxotere, Carboplatin or some of the other more toxic forms of chemo I am grateful it is available to keep me alive.

      almost 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I only saw the cost of my very first infusion. I was dumbfounded that the drugs themselves were $37,000. And, I had a $22, 000 grant for one of the drugs in the cocktail. I hate to think what the immunotherapy I get now costs. Fortunately, it is a trial drug so no cost to me.

      almost 5 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      My insurance company pays over $8000 every 3 weeks for my Herceptin. I forget what the amount is that is charged. I don't know how people do it without insurance. It all makes my head spin.

      almost 5 years ago
    • MeMe's Avatar
      MeMe

      Mine was just under $13,000.00 and that was a couple of years ago so it is probably more than right now.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Beeps' Avatar
      Beeps

      I get SandostatinLAR each 28 days. Currently, the charge is just under $17,000.00 per shot. When I 1st started on this about 3yrs ago, the charge was just under $ 6,000.00. My Cancer medical group became partners with a large hospital here in ATL. & that's when the charge increase came about. I know the charge for this treatment widely varies under numerous circumstances... But I think the 17k is about as high as I've heard or know about.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Urmi's Avatar
      Urmi

      My cancer group charges $15,000 for one Alimta treatment!!! Insurance pays $8,000 ... and when I was in Europe I asked how much was charged, and they said between $2,700 and $3,000 a treatment. The markup is ridiculous! Big Pharma sure is raking in the bucks when it comes to drugs!

      almost 5 years ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      They have a Monopoly Scam going on here and we are the foils....it's ridiculous and NOBODY does anything about it. What can we do ?

      almost 5 years ago
    • melanomamama's Avatar
      melanomamama

      After receiving interleukin-2 treatments, I asked what the hospital billed my insurance company for just the medication, not counting the hospitalization during which they administered it. The bill for the IL-2 came to $120,000. Similarly, Yervoy (ipilimumab) is supposed to be billed out at $30,000 per infusion, times four infusions, so there's another $120,000 billed. I didn't check to see what Medicare actually paid, but I doubt if they paid anywhere near what was billed.

      almost 5 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I read this either in MedPage Today-the AMA electronic journal or KevMD, where they publish studies, opinions, personal experiences. I can't give the source. 2 specialists got together and tracked down drug prices for one drug. They said that we have a trade agreement with the European union. There is a base discount to any member of the European Union. Then each country can negotiate a lower price. Switzerland pay about $2.00 a dose for a medication that American pay about $30.00 a dose. The real kicker is that this is done by the US State Department and whatever people supervize foreign trade. The purpose is favored trade and keep these countries as allies, so our tax money subsidizes the medication that Europeans receive for cancer, heart, immunizations, surgery drugs, IVs. .

      The writers ranted about how people they know, end up losing everything for chemo, in particular, while European countries that have higher standards of living have their medical care subsidized by some small family farmer in Alabama.

      At the time, everyone here except Barry was saying how happy they were. I didn't try to reference it, because if you were happy, why upset you. Maybe somebody in ASCO or Becker's Hospital Review wrote this.

      One of my personal peeves is that I have to fight and fuss, and I'm not lady like when I need to fight for the right to get my main stomach med from overseas-again. I've been in that war since since 2006. It's FDA approved, but they don't want it, too easy to use, and is very effective.

      almost 5 years ago

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