Prognosis Profits

One patient's chemotherapy bill totals $145,000

This story was originally published in the Observer on 9/20/12.

Over five months, Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast, in Concord, billed one patient a total of more than $145,000 for six cycles of rituximab, a drug used to treat lymphoma and leukemia. The patient and his employer, a N.C. university, paid more than $130,000 for the treatments. The average sales price for that amount of the drug: less than $40,000. Following is an excerpt of one of the six bills.