Data on PCa drug costs I had from around 2002-2004 era~countries~comparisons

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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
This is data I compiled years ago now, but could serve as a comparitive basis as to costs here in USA and abroad in US-dollars. Lupron, Zoladex, Casodex, Proscar were ones I have some data on, not comprehensive and maybe not worth the cyber paper herein I am writting it on. But just so people understand some of this is marketing.
Lupron-  3.75 (1-mo. liquid injection usually given in rear end area) :
USA-  $537
Italy-  255
Canada-  348
(I believe my Lupron injection the 4-mo. version back in 2003-4 was around  $1800+)
Zoladex-  3.6 (1-mo. inserted pellet like item, to your stomach area, will leave black n blue marks on your skin for awhile)
Italy- $265
Europe- $244
(my zoladex injection was 4 mo. version and was billed at  $1300 back in 2002)
Cadodex-  50 mg  Canada  (30)-  $219
               50 mg  Canada  (90)- 607
              150 mg  Italy (28)- 774     (considered hi-dose treatment)
                50 mg Argentina (28)- 173
                50 mg  Italy (28)- 269
                50 mg UK (90)- 718
                50 mg New Zealand (90)-  456
                50 mg Europe (28)- 260
                50 mg USA    (did not have data my s.w.a.g  est. would have been $330 in 2002)
5 mg  USA- (30)-  $90
5 mg  New Zealand- (30) - 121
5 mg  Italy-(15)- 34
5 mg Argentina-(30) - 54
5 mg Europe- (28)- 81
5 mg Canada- (60)- 121
*(__) is the number of pills and/or days of drug available)
The other number at the end of each is the price in USA-dollars.
Fyi- in 2002 the average onco-doc in the USA made $310,371 according to surverys by a Denver based Medical Group (Mgt. Assoc.), Dr. Siegel of Oncology Assoc. admitted to there being 'fat' in the system i.e. profits. 
It appears that in my own case the ADT3 protocol was costing towards $10-13,000 per year. Very costly and luckily insurance covered most all of it. Still this is expensive stuff and perhaps to save some money people would buy in Canada or elsewhere.
The slogan just say no to drugs, does not apply to PCa patients we may have to take them, maybe we can lobby to say no as to high marketing prices. smilewinkgrin   


Post Edited (zufus) : 2/9/2009 5:58:13 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
We are paying $260 for Casodex with Insurance - so its probably close to 600 a month for the non insured.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
While the official price of those drugs in New Zealand may be as you listed our cousins over there operate a universal health scheme somewhat similar to Australia's. I believe the maximum they pay for any prescription is NZ$15-00 which is equivalent to about US$8-00. A few of those other countries listed also operate health schemes which heavily subsidize prescription drugs.
1/05 PSA----2.9 3/06-----3.2 3/07-------4.1 5/07------3.9 All negative DREs
Aged 59 when diagnosed
Biopsy 6/07
4 of 10 cores positive for Adenocarcinoma-------bummer!
Core 1 <5%, core 2----50%, core 3----60%, core 4----50%
Biopsy Pathologist's comment:
Gleason 4+3=7 (80% grade 4) Stage T2c
Neither extracapsular nor perineural invasion is identified
CT scan and Bone scan show no evidence of metastases
Da Vinci RP Aug 10th 2007
Post-op pathology:
Positive for perineural invasion and 1 small focal extension
Negative at surgical margins, negative node and negative vesicle involvement
Some 4+4=8 identified ........upgraded to Gleason 8
PSA Oct 07 <0.1 undetectable
PSA Jan 08 <0.1 undetectable
PSA April 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
PSA August 08 <0.001 undetectable (disregarded due to lab "misreporting")
Post-op pathology rechecked by new lab:
Gleason downgraded to 4+3=7
Focal extension comprised of grade 3 cells
PSA September 08 <0.01 (new lab)

Post Edited (BillyMac) : 2/9/2009 2:33:00 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/9/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the heads up, this was some old data I grabbed many years ago, probably based upon customer pay, like maybe US tourists would have to shell out or such, I don't know how the data was collected, been to many years now.


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