Preemie Birth Preventive Spikes From $10 To $1,500

(Last Updated On: March 10, 2011)

The price of preventing preterm labor is about to go through the roof.

A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000.

That’s because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years, mixed in special pharmacies that custom-compound treatments that are not federally approved.

But recently, KV Pharmaceutical of suburban St.Louis won government approval to exclusively sell the drug, known as Makena (Mah-KEE’-Nah). The March of Dimes and many obstetricians supported that because it means quality will be more consistent and it will be easier to get.

None of them anticipated the dramatic price hike, though – especially since most of the cost for development and research was shouldered by others in the past.

“That’s a huge increase for something that can’t be costing them that much to make. For crying out loud, this is about making money,” said Dr. Roger Snow, deputy medical director for Massachusetts’ Medicaid program.

“I’ve never seen anything as outrageous as this,” said Dr. Arnold Cohen, an obstetrician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

“I’m breathless,” said Dr. Joanne Armstrong, the head of women’s health for Aetna, the Hartford-based national health insurer.

The Washington Post

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The Heath-Care Survivor’s Comment

If anyone ever doubted why I have previously argued that:

For me, freedom from prescription medication has been the freedom to live a life that is so much more vibrant than the mere existence, offered by allopathic medicine. Disease control and even symptoms management both have their place, and I have benefited from both, but they must never be confused with health care.

Almost as soon as I started to focus upon a natural approach to health, I noticed how few of the stories, described by the mainstream media as health news, have anything to do with health. Most of them are about the medical and pharmaceutical industries. It is becoming more obvious that the health system is dominated by corporate greed and control. It is a system in which good health outcomes are much less of a priority than most people believe or would want them to be. The true goal is mass control.

…My research continues, and the more I learn about the pharmaceutical industry and its undue influence upon what most of us think of as ‘the health service’, the more convinced I become that many of the good people who work within the allopathic health system, often feel as trapped by its enveloping power as many of its patients do.

Mike Tawse: The Health-Care Survivor

This story should provide much food for thought. How can it possibly be morally acceptable for any commercial company to risk the health and well-being of patients, and unborn babies, in favour of extortionate profit?

Prescription medications often become cheaper, and more easily available, once they have been in common use for a number of years because patents expire, leaving the way clear for generic forms of the drug to me offered.

It seems to me that whether I consider this story from a moral perspective, or that of the dreaded economics of health care, and even taking account of my personal reluctance to take prescription medication, this story represents a backward step.

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