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According to The Washington Post, last Friday the FDA—just days after you started contacting them in protest over their pregnancy drug Makena—has reversed their stance. Keep up the pressure! As we reported last week, KV Pharmaceutical’s new orphan drug, Makena—a form of progesterone called 17P that has been in use for decades to help patients with high-risk pregnancies—has sparked outrage across the country because the price was raised from $10 per dose to $1,500, or as much as $30,000 over the course of a pregnancy. Each insurance company and state Medicaid program must decide whether to cover the drug. But even women whose insurance will pay for it could face thousands in out-of-pocket costs to satisfy co-payments and deductibles.
After getting the approval, KV sent a letter to compounding pharmacies telling them that the FDA would enforce the company's exclusive right to make the drug.
"This is not correct," the FDA said today.
"In order to support access to this important drug, at this time and under this unique situation, FDA does not intend to take enforcement action against pharmacies that compound hydroxyprogesterone caproate based on a valid prescription for an individually identified patient unless the compounded products are unsafe, of substandard quality, or are not being compounded in accordance with appropriate standards for compounding sterile products," the FDA announced.
The FDA noted that KV's approval for Makena was based on research funded by the federal government.
The FDA approval -- under the Orphan Drug Act -- granted KV the exclusive right to sell Makena for seven years. The intent of the law is to give manufacturers a financial incentive to make important drugs for which there is only a small market.
For years, compounding pharmacies have made their own versions of synthetic progestin, commonly under the generic name 17P. Because it is a sterile injectable drug, the FDA felt that an approved product, made under FDA guidelines, would provide "greater assurance of safety."
On March 8, KV announced that it had launched a patient assistance program to make Makena available to women who cannot afford the drug:
Uninsured women with annual household incomes under $60,000 would get the drug at no cost.
Uninsured women with annual household incomes of $60,00 to $100,000 would get the drug at a cost comparable to the average copay assigned by insurance companies.
Insured women with annual household incomes up to $100,000 who apply for assistance will get Makena at a copay cost of $20 or less per injection.
Originally posted by jonnywhite
This world is the best form of birth control.
If you look at animals in the wild, most of their young perish in the first couple years.
They can afford to crap out babies one after the other with no need for contraception.edit on 19-12-2011 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by HangTheTraitors
Republicans constantly blab about lessening regulations and whatnot, but can one imagine if the FDA hadn't stepped in to stop this?
Without important REGULATIONS holding corporations in-check, stuff like that would happen everyday. The Republicans couldnt care less as they have ONLY the corporations and the extremely wealthy folks' interests in mind.
This would be BAD had it been allowed. We The PEOPLE have been BURDENED enough already!!!!!
Republicans COULDNT CARE LESS if people had to spend $1500 per dose of their medication!!!
...because the profits will somehow 'trickle-down' back to us of course...edit on 18-12-2011 by HangTheTraitors because: (no reason given)