IVIG (Intravenous Immunoglobulin) Cost in 2011

IVIG (Intravenous Immunoglobulin) Cost in 2011

Not so long ago, I searched for numbers that would guide me, or a good idea of how much money our family would have to ‘find’ in order to pay for a promising treatment for J. IVIG. I could find nothing recent. After speaking with the hospital insurance liaison, the number was determined to be just over $5000 per day, treatment lasting two days at a time. We counted on $10,000 for treatment. We were wrong.

So today, I’m putting forth this quick indication for anyone searching for this information. The first is for a “typical” round of IVIG therapy, over two days time for a child 60 lbs. The second is slightly more, I believe because veins were blown and more ‘materials’ in terms of needles, lines, gauze, etc. were used. I’ll let the papers speak for themselves.

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Round 1

IVIG Costs $39,168.35

The Cost of IVIG -1

Round 2

IVIG cost $42,107.50

The Cost of IVIG -2

By | 2011-12-28T10:00:15+00:00 December 28th, 2011|Categories: Epilepsy, Medical / Therapies|Tags: , , , , |14 Comments

About the Author:

Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate.

14 Comments

  1. Kim December 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    WOW. Is it the drugs that are so expensive, or the drug delivery procedure? Or both?

    And how much did the doctor charge?

    And how can any medical facility/insurance company expect the average family to pay for this stuff?

    • Gina December 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

      Kim, I know…right! It silenced me a good few seconds when I read that. I don’t think it’s the delivery procedure, it’s through and IV, no doc is involved, just the RNs administering. I think it’s the medication itself. It’s from a pooled blood source that’s cleaned and then stripped of the immunoglobulins that’s needed to make it. I know it takes several thousand people to make not that much…. Crazy!

  2. secret mom thoughts December 29, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Wow. I hope it helps.

  3. Kimberly R. December 25, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    wow, not only are these parent have a sick child but they have so many costs and bills to worry about.

  4. Katie March 28, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    I found this blog entry while researching costs of IVIG for work (via Google search). I work for the largest distributor of IVIG, Grifols (formerly, Talecris) Biotherapeutics. From my end, I can see where most of the cost is incurred. It takes approximately 5000 bottles of human plasma to make 1 bottle for IVIG. this means, 5000 healthy people aged 18-65, come into a donor center, get a physical, screening, and end up donating their plasma for just one bottle of IVIG. Other medications, like Prolastin, are also made from plasma, but IVIG is the most critical and most necessary. One a donor donates his plasma, the bottle is processed at a local donor center, where three vials are taken and sent to an off-site lab for testing. Each donor’s plasma is tested every single time they donate. The bottle doesn’t even leave the donor facility until at least two bottles have been tested. After the test vials come back with no “viral markers”, the bottles are sent to a huge facility that we plasma people call a fractionation plant. There, thousands of bottles of plasma are put into a huge cat where the plasma can be mixed and tested again. If that test shows any trace of disease, the entire source is incinerated. After it passes the tests, the plasma is separated and eventually made into medication. The whole process is very long and expensive. What starts with someone wanting to make a quick 20-40 bucks (avg donor pay per donation), ends with a medication going into the body of a very ill individual. It’s sad the medication is so expensive to consumers, but there is a lot of work that goes into the process ensuring that it is safe. I’m glad your child can benefit from this wonderful, life-saving medication! Best wishes!

    • Special Happens April 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reaching out and leaving this information for all readers.

    • Caryn August 11, 2014 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you. That is very helpful information!

  5. Maria Gonzales September 24, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Is there any assistance with the cost of this drug available?

  6. Bill Rhoades September 3, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    I receive ivig therapy at my neurologist ‘s office every three weeks for cidp. 60 grams per kilo of my body weight- about 600 cc dose. Insurance billing states $500 for office and $4,500 for the medicine.this is as of 9/3/2015

  7. Yesika February 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Thanks to all the donors and the people who works un this field .My husband need tha medication and we know its expensive but its worth it.

  8. Ken July 5, 2016 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I truely feel sorry for you all. I’ve been getting 40grams of IVIG every three weeks for almost ten years now. Total cost to me? 0. I have no health insurance either. This is what life is like in a country that cares for its citizens with free health care for everyone. Americans need to wake up and realise they are being robbed and taken advantage of. The sooner you implement a publicly funded health care system that’s free for everyone the better.

    All the best.

    • Gissy January 29, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      We’re do u live

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