gr8ful wrote:I am going for my 2nd infusion tomorrow - which my neuro is requiring a $2500 payment for until insurance companies start paying. I don't know if anyone has gotten reimbursed yet for Tysabri - a med that is FDA approved! Another 2500 on the credit card, thanks oxford liberty.
My Neuro billed the Ty at $4500 and accepted Medicare's amt of $7 (yes, $7) of which they pd 80% or approx $6. Second line item is infusion charge of $400, etc etc so the bottom line is that my neuro charged $4991 and rec'd approx $250. Medicare has approved Tysabri and is paying albeit an amt that leaves me shaking my head from more than just tremors.
Ian,you have been unbelievably helpful to me on the "Drug Pipeline" but I think your ban of Harry is wrong.
With Medicare the number requested shows little or no relationship to what the dr receives. That's the point...she rec'd $250. I agree it makes no sense but that's how the so-called system works.
Several cancer drugs have come to market in the UK costing £50,000 a year. They cost this amount because of the reasons set out above.
In the UK I pay £4 for a gallon of petrol (gas) which has come all the way from the middle east, shipped to the UK, refined, distributed to filling stations. For the same £4 I can buy a pint of beer made ten miles away from water and hops!
When you post a pro-Tysabri story, I'll fly you to Northen Ireland and buy you a pint of Guinness and we can pop into Elan and see if they can give you a free shot of Ty for old times sake. I know $64,000 seems a lot but they probably do half price Mondays for pensioners!
Your reasons for the high cost of Tysabri sound as though they have come directly from the Biogen Marketing and Sales department.
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