Provenge has been the whipping boy for perceived high cancer drug prices, but it is not the only cancer drug that costs a great deal of money. Zytiga costs $72,000 per year and the duration of therapy is probably 1 to 3 years so that it can cost up to $216,000 for a course of therapy. Similarly, Revlimid costs $91,000 per year and may be taken as maintenance therapy for several years. Avastin can cost up to $100,000 per year. A bone marrow transplant can cost $250,000. Provenge has been a criticized for a pricing practice that is industry wide so that the pricing concern as it relates to Provenge should wane over time. Provenge costs $93,000 for one and only one course of therapy for 7.8 month MEDIAN.
Actually it was just shown that compared to true placebo (not FROVENGE), it extended life by 7.8 months. Regarding price, it is about the same as costs incurred for side effect burdened chemo... besides, how much would you pay to live an extra 7.8 months after you found out you had a terminal condition?