After chemo last Tuesday, my awesome nurse Amy suggested we try to call in a prescription for Neulasta and see if my insurance company would cover it that way and give it to me for $50 (my highest drug co-pay). Then my doctor in Chatham could stick me with it on Wednesday and I wouldn’t have to come back to Albany for a 3-minute appointment.
The CVS down the street from Albany Med had a dose to prescribe for me…we went to pick it up…it cost $50. List price on the receipt: $2856 or something. We took it home and put it in the fridge, and the next afternoon Dr. Jeff in Chatham did the honors and I paid him the usual $25 co-pay. The instructions for the Neulasta said, and I kid you not, “Remove injector from carton before injecting.” They don’t mess around telling you exactly how to use such expensive medicine, I guess.
So: round 1 Neulasta? Over $6,000 all told. Round 2 Neulasta? $75 total.
Health insurance is so deeply weird.
And Dr. Jeff points out that New York Oncology Hematology is criminal for charging that much for a drug. After all, it only costs $2856. How do they think they can get away with charging over twice that much? (See previous paragraph for the answer.)