Medicare to pay for Prostate Cancer drug

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Purgatory
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   Posted 3/30/2011 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/30/2011 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Doggone it, I posted it at the UsTOO Las Vegas Facebook page and forgot to come back here and post it.

Good pick up David...

Tony

Purgatory
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   Posted 3/31/2011 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Just caught it last night, thought it had some direct value
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,

Fairwind
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   Posted 3/31/2011 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
The drug company Gold Rush is on...They will bankrupt the Treasury...There must be a cost-benefit analysis on these new treatments before they are approved..

If the goal was to provide this treatment as inexpensively as possible, instead of making as much money as possible, would it still cost $93,000??

The way it is now, since the Government is paying for it, nobody cares what it costs..A system like that isn't going to work very long..

lewvino
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   Posted 3/31/2011 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Associated Press article I read stated "Medicare is legally prohibited from considering price when deciding whether to pay for a new treatment."

Larry
Age 56 / age at diagnosis 54, PSA 5.1
Robotic surgery 08/12/09 at Vanderbilt, Nashville TN.

Final Path report:

20% of the prostate Involved
Tumor graded at T2C
Overall Gleason 3+4 (7)
Lymph Glands Clear, Positive Margin Noted in Right Apex
Fifteen month PSA - 0

BillyMac
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   Posted 3/31/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I wonder why it is assumed that the cost to your goverment would be the same as the cost to others. In Australia for example we have the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (as part of our base universal health service). No drug, once included in that scheme can cost the consumer more than $31-00 ($3-00 for the retired or disavantaged). The pharmaceutical companies will fight tooth and nail to get their particular drug included and the government has no hesitation in playing hard ball on the price it is prepared to pay. Simple supply and demand ------- they are a big buyer, they demand a much reduced price per unit.
Bill

Post Edited (BillyMac) : 3/31/2011 6:55:01 PM (GMT-6)


Purgatory
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   Posted 3/31/2011 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy, I only wished I had access to a system like you have in Oz land.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 2/11 1.24
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
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