A drug which the FDA approved more than half a century ago—which doctors have been prescribing for their patients with high-risk pregnancies through compounding pharmacies with great success—was designated by the FDA an “orphan drug.” Now KV Pharmaceutical has been given the exclusive right of production and sale (not to mention drug trial tax breaks!). They immediately raised the price from $10 per dose to $1,500—simply because they could.
The drug is a synthetic form of progesterone given as a weekly injection. The price hike means that the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000.
What does that mean for KV Pharmaceutical? You do the math.
What does that mean for pregnant women in need? Again, you do the math.
What does that mean for pregnant women in need without health insurance??????