Hi BA60, welcome and thanks for your question. If you know where you'll be having this infusion, you can call the billing office and ask what the price would be without insurance. The only figures I have are from 2007, so the price probably has changed.
In 2007 the Reclast retail price was *approximately* $800.00, plus you have to add the cost of the infusion on to that so that would make it more. You can also call 1-866-RECLAST and ask this question to get a more up-to-date price.
Novartis also has a patient assistance program for those without insurance and you can check that out at 1-800-245-5356 or log on to www.pap.novartis.com for more information.
Good luck and if you have any other questions just re-post.
My wife got the bill from our hospital for her 15 min Reclast infusion: Pharmacy $11431.31; IV solutions 83.80; med-sur supplies 55.16; clinic 179.35; other Rx svs 112.00. Our insur paid $6912.41. We owe out of pocket $2274.14. Absolutely unbelievable, especially since she had obtained the Reclast last year thru Walgreens and paid the copay of $40.00, then took it to our dr's office, where a nurse (who unfortunately was no longer there this year, hence had it done at the clinic) did the infusion. Total cost was $40 plus whatever the office visit cost was. Something is very wrong.
I just received my 3rd infusion of Reclast on 1/24/11. The past 2 times I had full insurance coverage and was never advised of the cost. My health insurance has changed so this year I received the bill, and the total charges were $3,655.00. I was treated in the infusion center at our local hospital and was there less than an hour. I am in SHOCK!!!! How can this be a fair charge?
I just got the bil for my June 2012 reclast infusiuon.....$8,000! Ridiculous. Insurance is covering a substantial part of it and I can (fortunately) afford the balance. This is my third infusion, the first was $1500. I will no longer use reclast on principal alone. Boniva is just fine. These kinds of outrageous charges exemplify what is wrong with our health care system.
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