While the number of patients with annual [drug] spending above $50,000 was just 0.2% of patients, the amount of drugs they and their health plans or employers paid for accounted for 16% of total spending…
yeah…one of my drugs alone (a biologic) costs about $156,000 a year.
It comes with no guarantees. It will not cure my disease. It will not save or extend my life and in fact, carries the “rare but serious” potential side effect of taking my life.
The rest of my meds are older, cheaper generics, largely prescribed to help deal with the shame of taking a drug that, in one year, costs more than my house.
More than most of the houses in the world.