What’s With The Bandage On Trump’s Arm? Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

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Stumbling and coordination issues point to many things. One of those things is ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

And a new and expensive treatment for ALS calls for IV into the arm is called Radicava.

What will Radicava do for people with ALS? How meaningful of a treatment is it?
Although Radicava is not a cure, it may be an important advance in helping people live with the disease. Because people with ALS experience varying rates of progression, slowing the decline of that loss of function is important. Depending on a person’s level of function when they begin treatment, the impact Radicava demonstrated in clinical trials could translate into potentially helping people preserve function longer.1

What is the recommended dose of Radicava?
Radicava is administered via intravenous infusion. According to the Prescribing Information, Radicava is administered in 28-day cycles by intravenous infusion. It takes 60 minutes to receive each 60 mg dose.1
For the initial cycle, the treatment is infused for 14 consecutive days, followed by a two-week drug-free period. All cycles thereafter are infused for 10 days within a 14-day period, followed by a two-week drug-free period.


How much will Radicava cost me?
The drug’s list price is $1K per infusion, $11K per dosage cycle, which amounts to $146K per year. This does not take into account coverage from insurance or Medicare/Medicaid. The company also says it will offer co-pay assistance for commercially insured patients. 

Look, I’m not a conspiracy theorist and this post is mostly — MOSTLY — tongue-in-cheek.  But I’m on record now as saying that the President of the United States has ALS.