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What is the cost of velcade therapy for multiple myeloma?

Q: What is the cost of velcade therapy for multiple myeloma? Is it better than lenalidomide & dexamethasone? What is the cost of lenalidomide?

A:Velcade and lenalidomide are drugs used in a sequential fashion after the failure of first or second line therapy. The response to either of the drugs is about 30-40%. One can use either of these first. Cost of three weeks therapy of velcade (1 cycle) is about Rs. 1.5 lacs. Cost of three weeks of linalidomide is about 1.5 - 2 lacs.

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