"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Preterm Birth and a Really Sleazy Lawsuit

A little back story here.....for at least 30 years, doctors have used progesterone to help prevent preterm labour in pregnant women. It's generally compounded and comes at a cost of approximately $10-20 per dose. Along comes KV Pharmaceuticals, who wants to patent their version of progesterone, market it to obstetricians to give to their patients, and charge $1500 per dose. KV Pharmaceuticals went so far as to send letters to compounding pharmacies threatening legal action if the pharmacies continued to sell progesterone for this purpose. To their credit, the FDA came out and said they would not protect the "orphan" status of KV's drug, thus allowing the compounding pharmacies to continue supplying the progesterone to the medical community at approximately $10-$20 per dose. KV Pharmaceutical's response was to "lower" the cost of the drug to $690 per dose, and they flooded the media with press releases about their generous gesture (eyes rolling). I have very little use for Big Pharma.

Check out this article from TheHuffingtonPost.com ---- now poor, poor KV Pharmaceuticals is getting sued by a group of investors for overstating projected profits----in other words, failing to gouge patients as much as they thought they could. Oh. Gee. In every instance where Big Pharma tries to nail compounding pharmacies and loses, it's a victory for all of us taking BHRT.