UPDATED 6/7/2011: I just published an article on ways to get help paying for MS drugs. In the process of researching this topic, it occurred to me that I needed to update this blog on drug prices. I went to DestinationRx.com and checked it out - honestly, it was a little confusing, as the prices are listed per month, but there is some text about "mail order prices for 3-month supply" - what I think that means is that the monthly price is listed, but it is possible to get a 3-month supply from a mail order pharmacy (for 3 times the monthly price, presumably). If anyone has different information on the prices of these drugs, please let us know in the comment section below.
ORIGINAL BLOG OF 7/21/2009: I have been a little lax in updating my articles about disease-modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis. Honestly, I attempted to find the pricing information a couple of times in the past, but this information was difficult to locate easily. I recently found a really cool site where all of this info is readily available - DestinationRx.com. You can go to this site and enter your drug name and information about the minimum and maximum monthly cost (although the site does not provide information about where to get drugs at these prices).
This morning I decided to go in and "clean house," bringing the prices of the currently available drugs up to date.
I did know that the drug prices had risen in the two years since I wrote these articles (originally in 2007) , but I was pretty shocked at the extent of the increase. Check out the annual prices in 2009, compared to now:
- Avonex (was $10,000/year in 2007): 2009 Minimum price = $23,736; Maximum price = $30,660; 2011 price = $39,683
- Betaseron (was $10,000/year): 2009 Minimum price = $22,272; Maximum price = $32,616; 2011 price =$42,845
- Copaxone (was $10,000/year): 2009 Minimum price = $23,208; Maximum price = $33,804; 2011 price = $45,045
- Rebif was (was $15,600/year): 2009 Minimum price = $25,068; Maximum price = $30,756; 2011 price = $33,718
- Tysabri (was $28,400/year): In 2009 cost 31,332 for the drug itself, with additional charges for the infusion facility or clinic fees. 2011 price = $42,656
And, new on the scene is Gilenya (fingolimod), which rang in at the 2011 price of $51,216.
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