Tag Archives: Makena

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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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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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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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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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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