Thursday, April 21, 2011 Yen, Community Member, asks

Q: What is the estimated cost for one Rituxan infusion eack week!

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V, Health Guide
4/22/11 6:39pm

Hello, Yen,

 

I suggest you call your insurance company to see how much of the cost of the Rituxan they are going to cover.  You can also go online and see if Rituxin offers any payment assitance.  You may qualify for help covering the cost of your meds.

 

Best Wishes,

V

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
4/25/11 11:51am

as all the Biologics, Rituxan those expensive. However, if you do use Rituxan for RA, you only need it every 6 to 8 months. I suggest you read Lisa Emrich's posts about Rituxan and her second infusion). I'll also let her know that you've asked this question - she knows more about the issue than I do. Brad, another of the members of our community, has also tried Rituxan and had a good experience.

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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
4/25/11 1:06pm

Hi Yen,

 

The cost of a Rituxan infusion depends upon your insurance coverage and the amount the hospital charges for additional cost beyond the medication itself.

 

Of my six infusions so far (three complete rounds of treatment), the amount charged by the hospital (I went to two different ones) ranged from $11,288 to $18,544.  The amount which my insurance negotiated to pay ranged from $10,275 to $11,996. 

 

The portion which my insurance paid for the Rituxan itself was consistently around $9,850.  The average cost of one complete round of treatment (two infusions) was $22,516.

 

If you are using Rituxan to treatment your RA, there are two types of assistance programs made available by Genentech.

 

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