I've received Aranesp for anemia several times, but I was not aware of the outrageous cost of this drug. I received an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from my insurer (the pharmacy portion) yesterday and was appalled that my Oncologist charged my insurer $3,660.45 for ONE injection! My insurer allowed $2,703.28 and my co-pay was $15.00. I have been anemic since I have been on chemo, 14 months now, and the Aranesp does make me feel better (after a brief bout of aches and fever the night I receive the injection). My oncology nurse told me I can receive Aranesp only once every 3 weeks, so I thought it was for a medical reason. Now that I know what it costs, it has to be the cost that limits its use. I am so grateful that I have an excellent medical plan, TRICARE, that has never denied me any treatment or drug prescribed by any of my doctors. Is anybody else aware of the cost of this drug? What does someone do if they cannot afford this drug? What do the other drugs, like Carboplatin and Taxol, cost? I'm afraid to ask!
God bless us all.
Mike in Missouri