Ali…exactly. Drug prices are the highest in the US. Patients and advocates are screaming, but to date nothing has changed.
I don’t know of anyone considered cured with Keytruda. I think it’s a bit too early to tell. Investigational studies are conducted in combination with radiation, pre-surgery, cytotoxic drugs, targeted drugs etc.
The cost will depend on if you have insurance that covers it. If not, you may qualify for discount from Merck depending on your ability to pay.
I believe the retail price is about $25,000 per infusion.
Thanks for that and I know that it will be of help to others who go through this right now or in time to come. I hope that these side effects of the Keytruda pass soon for your wife and of course I wish her every success with the treatment. Please let us know how things go.
My wife was diagnosed with Hilar CC last November. She had 4 infusions of gemcitabine and cisplatin. She then had radiation 5 days a week for 5 weeks along with 5FU administered 24/7 using a fanny pack. This did not shrink tumor (it has remained mostly unchanged) that is involved with the arterial blood supply enough that the surgeon would recommend resection.
On 8/10/16 she had her first infusion of Keytruda. She experienced no side effect until the 5th day when she had some general joint pain along with some mild intermitting right lower stomach pain. For the last couple days she has had mild persistent back pain in the region of her kidneys.
I am posting this an example of one patients early response to Keytruda and also to ask others to share their experience with this drug.