Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:49 PM
Dom, a 2018 Medicare Advantage plan will cost you anywhere from $90 to, $150/mo.; your drug cost will be dependent on their drug plan. As you know, in 2017, excluding Kaiser, Express Scripts through Walmart offered the best price on generic Imatinib.
Info on the 2018 Medicare Advantage plans will be available in November.
While In the Donut Hole, Consumers pay:
2018: 35% for brand-names and 44% for generics
For 2018, the Medicare Donut Hole will be $3,750 to $5,000.
For generics, that means $5,000 out of pocket before reaching the 5% catastrophic phase.
For most Social Security recipients, the yet-to-be-determined 2018 Social Security COLA increase will be offset by Medicare and Medicare supplemental increases. New Medicare recipients are paying $134/mo for Part B. I'm currently paying $111/mo. and I expect a $23/mo. cost increase.
A rough guess would be a 1.7% 2018 SS COLA
For the benefit of yourself and others please add your CML history into your Signature
02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2017 01/17 TFR, 04/18 TFR, 07/18 TFR 0.0012, 08/29 TFR 0.001, 10/17 TFR 0.000
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
At the earliest opportunity, and whenever possible, lower your TKI dosage; TKIs are toxic drugs and the less we take longterm the better off we are going to be ... this is especially true for older adults.
In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
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