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Ther-Rx skips ACOG: the people have spoken. But can we do more?

I just returned from the annual conference of the American Congress of OB/GYN in Washington, DC. The first thing I did when I hit the exhibit hall was look for Ther-Rx and their display booth for Makena. I wanted to … Continue reading

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What does replacing the word retarded with intellectual disability accomplish?

Another celebrity, this time Lady Gaga, is in trouble for using the word “retarded” out of context. Retarded is derived from the Latin, retardare and means a delay. This etymology helps to explain the appropriate medical use of the word: … Continue reading

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Cigna’s automatic denials: asshattery in action

I’m going to be blunt here. Cigna is on my shit list. Oliver needed hand occupational therapy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t covered by my primary insurance. Lucky for me, my work provides a secondary insurance that picks up some of the … Continue reading

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ACOG’s double standard on Makena: denouncing Ther-Rx but taking advertising dollars

The American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG) initially supported Ther-Rx’s application to the FDA for Makena. When the astronomical price, a hike from $10 to $1500 a shot, was announced ACOG released this statement: ACOG is extremely concerned that women’s health … Continue reading

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Learning tools for preemies: turning math into music

We have been working on money every night. I posted back in March about how this was posing a particular challenge for Oliver. Each night we spend 15 minutes (that seems like 15 hours) identifying and adding change change. We’re … Continue reading

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Making sense of the mess over Makena. Who wins and who loses?

It started in February. KV Pharmaceuticals submitted an application to the FDA to make Makena (17 hydroxyprogesterone or 17OP) an orphan drug. The application was endorsed by the March of Dimes. The actual quote from the medical director of the … Continue reading

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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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