$2,400.00 per vial
I put batteries in my calculator so I could get these figures right for you...wouldn't DARE rely on my MS brain to do simple calculations!
Tysabri is recommended to be administered every FOUR weeks (not necessarily monthly, as some proclaim), which means in a 364 day calendar year, that would be 13 doses. If my batteries haven't failed in the calculator, that is a cost FOR THE MEDICATION ALONE of $31,200.00 a year, which is far from inexpensive...but THAT's NOT my point. And I DO have one.
My neurologist's office billed my insurance (from the previous post rant) $3,708.00 dollars for one of my infusions there. OK...calculations get a bit more complex, but 13 x 3708.00 = $48,204.00.
CLUB MED (who continues to remain nameless and faceless here on CHEESE, lest they discover the utter bile-filled disgust I have with them right now and decide to infuse me with anti-freeze next Friday!) billed my insurance $12,785.70 for my infusion with THEM. (**grabs calculator again) 13 x 12,785.70 = $166,214.10. That's a difference of ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND TEN DOLLARS AND TEN CENTS. Need to see it in numbers?
Hmm Huh...LUCY! SOMEONE'S GOT SOME 'SPLAININ' TO DO.
Based on total infusion cost per year at my neurologist's office versus total infusion cost at CLUB MED, Tysabri COULD be costing my insurance company (which means YOU AND I indirectly) anywhere from $79,404.00 dollars per year and $197,414.10.
PERSONALLY, I KNOW I am worth more DEAD...