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

ATLANTA (AP) - The cost of preventing preterm labor is about to increase dramatically.

A drug for high-risk pregnant women that has cost about $10 to $20 per injection will shoot up to $1,500 a dose next week. That's because KV Pharmaceutical recently won government approval to exclusively sell the drug.

Makena (Mah-KEE'-Nah), a form of progesterone, has been custom
made cheaply by special pharmacies.

Now, the March of Dimes and many obstetricians say quality will be more consistent and it will be easier to get. But others disagree. Dr. Arnold Cohen, an obstetrician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia says he's "never seen anything as outrageous as this."

Doctors say the price hike may deter low-income women from getting the drug, and will certainly be a huge financial burden for health insurance companies and government programs that have been paying for it.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Barbara Location: Florida on Mar 9, 2011 at 11:37 PM
    Money is more important than babies,I thought everybody knew that! If there's something that somebody needs,jack up the price, they'll buy it regardless of how high it is. The all mighty dollar and greed will rule the world.People that do these kinds of things for a dollar,usually find that {health wise} all the money a person has gotten through ill gain-----can't save them.And jacking up the price on this is ill gain.
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