Monthly Archives: March 2011

Magic helps a preemie blossom

Oliver struggles physically, and he knows it. We have discussions about how he is last in sports, even behind the smallest girls (sigh). I tell him about his heart and his lungs and his muscles, but what does that mean … Continue reading

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Rep. Henry Waxman demands answers from Ther-Rx about Makena

Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., and Rep. Diana DeGette sent a letter on March 24th to Gregory Divis, the CEO of Ther-Rx, regarding the pricing of Makena (see below). Of note, the honorable Mr. Waxman, Mr. Pallone, Jr, and Ms. … Continue reading

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The March of Dimes really responds to Ther-Rx and price of Makena, well, sort of…

Today (March 23rd) Dr. Jennifer Howse of the March of Dimes (MOD) finally responded to the egregious price gouging/extortion that is Makena (17 Alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate, or 17OP, newly packaged as an orphan drug). As we all know, this travesty was … Continue reading

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The longer the March of Dimes takes to act on Makena, the worse it gets

This whole Makena thing just keeps getting worse. Worse for women, because co-payments have sky rocketed and worse for the March of Dimes, whose every move proves they are just digging themselves a deeper hole. I read yesterday (March 22) … Continue reading

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Questions for the March of Dimes about Makena

The senior vice president (SVP) of marketing for the March of Dimes (MOD) reached out to me via e-mail on Monday about Makena pricing. He wanted to let me know the March of Dimes is “doing all we can to ensure access for … Continue reading

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Makena hits the market and it’s a show down at the OK corral

March 21rst. Today is the day that Makena, KV pharmaceuticals “brand” of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17OP) hits the market. It’s not really a brand name drug. It has been used for a variety of indications in pregnancy since the 1950′s … Continue reading

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When your child is struggling, navigating the “I’m not smart enough” rapids

The kids are learning money in school. Well, Victor is. For Oliver, money represents a major roadblock. His teacher told me that math is not his strong suit. He loves to buy things, so I thought money would come naturally. … Continue reading

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Can 17 hydroxyprogesterone still be compounded? Yes it can!

The recent uproar over KV Pharmaceutical’s pricing of Makena, 17 alpha-hydoxyprogesterone caproate or 17OP for preterm labor, has left many wondering if Makena (and it’s $1,500 per shot/$30k per pregnancy price tage) can simply be avoided  and pregnant women continue to get 17OP from compounding pharmacies (at the … Continue reading

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The impact of Makena on Medicaid: KV Pharamceuticals’ extortion of tax payers

Makena, KV Pharmaceuticals version of 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate or 17OP (for prevention of preterm labor) is priced at $1500 a shot (up from $10 a shot prior to the meddling of the FDA). Considering most women who are eligible will … Continue reading

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How I would have handled the “compounding issue” with 17 hydroxyprogesterone

Both The March of Dimes and The American Congress of OB/GYN  (and apparently a few other medical professional societies) supported KV Pharmaceuticals application to the FDA to be the sole manufacturer of 17 Alpha Hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P), the hormone that … Continue reading

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