"Why would doctors choose Lymphoseek over the current cheaper blue dye"
Maybe because it's going to Save LIVES. Can you believe these people, worrying about a cost that's reimbursable in the first place over saving lives and human suffering. Even if it was not,who wouldn't pay $300 to be properly evaluated? Karma is a #$%$.
cost to use sulfur colloid is usually miss stated. you have to combine the cost of sulfur colloid with the added cost of the blue dye; they are used together. my understanding sulfur colloid cost $160 per dose and blue dye cost $130 per dose. So combine cost is $290. compare this to $300 per dose for lymphoseek( with its benefits) is a no brainer!
Failed Detection Rate, FDR, was 25% for blue dye! I wouldn't want to be the surgeon facing a plantiff's lawyer and arguing that $300was the reason he didn't use lymphoseek! Considering that the overall cost of the surgery, cost of lymphoseek is unimportant!
I agree with iddoc60-
The cost differential since it is reimbursed is not an issue-The huge advange over the existing method for preventing removal of healthy lymph nodes is a very positive-IMHO, doctors will realize this & use Lymphoseek. GLTA longs-
Iddoc60. My thoughts exactly. A surgeon would be liable if he/she did not use the best FDA approved procedure to detect cancerous lymphnodes. Despite the awful depression in share price, I think we have got to remember that Lymphoseek is the NEW STANDARD OF CARE. Surgeons would be forced to use lymphoseek for Legal Reasons alone! How would a surgeon explain in a court of law in a wrongful death suit that he/she use the inferior blue dye, missed on cancerous node, and the patient has expired for returning cancer. This is what AF is missing. $300 to save a life. Doctors MUST use the latest and best medicines and procedures, otherwise they open themselves to litigation. After 30 years, surgeons have something new and better. Please to not forget this Longs!