Author Archives: Jennifer Gunter

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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March of Dimes response to Makena pricing reveals they are woefully out of touch

Preemie message boards are all fired up by KV Pharmaceutical’s pricing of 17 Alpha-hydroxy progesterone caproate (17P, a hormone than can help prevent premature delivery for some women who have previously delivered prematurely). Once KV was awarded the patent, the … Continue reading

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Progesterone to prevent preterm delivery is now more expensive than gold

Yesterday, March 9th, the price of gold was $1,429.74 an ounce. That same day KV Pharmaceuticals announced the drug 17 Alpha-Hydroxy Progesterone Caproate (17P), a hormone that can prevent preterm delivery, will now cost $1500 a shot. One injection of … Continue reading

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Do preemie lungs heal? A lesson in persistence.

When your preemie is in the NICU on a ventilator, when they are having such acute trouble breathing, you are consumed by the short term. Specifically, will this desaturation be “the big one” and “is his brain getting enough oxygen.” … Continue reading

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