The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby m0lasses » Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:35 am

A little over 22K here counting the infusion center charge.
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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby judipom » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:15 pm

my cost at duke univ. hospitals is 20,850.00 per infusion. the cost for facility is 662.00
when i mentioned this to my neuro at duke, he said that his understanding was that tysabri cost around 40k per year.

i am getting my 4th infusion right now and typing with one hand. another day, another 20k
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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby HarryZ » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:32 pm

judipom wrote:my cost at duke univ. hospitals is 20,850.00 per infusion. the cost for facility is 662.00
when i mentioned this to my neuro at duke, he said that his understanding was that tysabri cost around 40k per year.

i am getting my 4th infusion right now and typing with one hand. another day, another 20k


I would like someone to please justify this ludicrous charge for a drug that has about 40% efficacy!!!
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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby sarahannmoss » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:20 am

I receive my Tysabri infusions from a Centura Health facility in SW Colorado (Mercy Regional Medical Center). I have been told costs are higher in rural areas such as mine. However, beginning in Nov 2016 my insurance company Anthem BCBS - Federal Employees was billed $26,600 for a single monthly infusion, a $8,000 jump from October. I read Biogen raised prices by 5% in Nov and would be raising prices an additional 3% in Dec 2017. The plan allowance from BCBS is $20,950. At that rate my insurance company pays out $251,400 per year for my treatment. A far cry from the wholesale price of the drug itself. I have yet to receive a 2017 statement. Centura Health and Anthem BCBS were in negotiations for accepted reimbursement fees and there was a chance I would no longer be able to receive treatment at a Centura facility. They have since reached agreement, thank goodness.

So who is making the big $ ? Drug companies, insurance companies, hospitals?? It's all a bit confusing.
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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby sarahannmoss » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:31 am

I must comment on how effective this drug has been for me. Since receiving Tysabri 3 years ago I have had no new brain lesions or flares. I have Secondary Progressive MS and as a result, my walking ability has seen a slow decline. However, this has been a huge improvement over Avonex, which I started on. With Avonex I had several new lesions and symptomatic flares, as well as flu-like symptoms 3-4 days per week.
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Re: The cost of your Tysabri infusion?

Postby sarah123 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:26 am

I live in Canada and my insurance company is charged $3800 CAD each infusion - for a total of 13 infusions per year at approximately $50000 CAD a year (that's about $37000 US)
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