Spike Price on Preterm Labor Drug from $10 to $1500

It’s a good news for women who had a history of spontaneous preterm deliveries that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Makena injection to reduce the risk of preterm delivery before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Makena is a form of progesterone that are given as weekly injection into the hip and begin at 16 weeks and no later than 21 weeks of pregnancy. This drug  are reported to be able to prevent mental and physical disabilities for the baby.

However the bad news is the cost of having an injection getting outrageously expensive. Before, the drug was costing $10 - $20 per injection. But soon, the price hikes up to $1,500 a dose !

This kind of similar drug has been made cheaply for years due to making process that are not federally approved. But since the 4th of February, KV Pharmaceutical of suburban St. Louis has gained exclusive rights from the government to sell the drug known as Makena which is generic drugs that are recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

This news of course could be being less pleasant for uninsured / low-income women  and for the health insurance companies. They could be  forced to raise premiums or other costs to their other customers.

Source: abcnews



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