In a statement Wednesday tied to the drug's commercial launch, Tesaro said a one-month supply of Zejula will cost $9,833 at a dose of 200 mg once per day.
That last bit is the razzle dazzle because FDA approved Zejula at a dose of 300 mg once per day.
Let's pull out the calculator... That means at the FDA-approved dose, Zejula will cost 50% more per month or $14,750. A year's supply of Zejula at the FDA approved dose will cost $177,000.
"We specified the 200 mg dose because that was the most commonly administered dose in the NOVA trial," said a Tesaro spokesperson, when asked to explain the dose/price discrepancy.
It also makes the drug look cheaper than its competitor when it's actually more expensive.
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