Hello all, I have been following this board for over two years now and it has been a tremendous help. My son ('T') was 11 when he was dx with CML in July 2012. A mandatory blood draw as part of a school physical requirement in Connecticut caught it but his WBC was already over 130,000. As is typical with CML, he had zero symptoms - no bruising, night sweats, fevers, barely even a cold for several years prior to his dx. He started on Gleevec at 400 mg/day but decreased after six months to 350 due to side effects. He has not quite hit the ideal milestones but is tolerating treatment well enough.
My question... has anyone noticed the dramatic increase in the cost of Gleevec over the past year? T is on 350 mg/day, and this used to be $6,250 per month (I get it directly through a hospital pharmacy at cost) as of September 2013 and when I picked up this month's supply today the cost had jumped to $8,200. At this rate... while I have excellent rx insurance coverage I can see further increases causing a problem. Can I be dropped from insurance? Do we have any leverage with insurance companies increasing prices like this? Holy stress.