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 see what they were spending on their display and how many docs they were trying to take out for dinner. You know, if they were putting their anticipated profit to good use.
After walking the exhibit hall several times, I couldn’t find it. So, I asked an ACOG official. Apparently, ACOG advised Ther-Rx not to attend the meeting. Wow. I bet that’s a first.
I wonder if that would have happened without all the public pressure? If ACOG, the March of Dimes, and even the FDA would have been prodded into statements and actions without the groundswell of support from outraged parents, providers, and the public in general?
It seems that as far as progesterone is concerned, most providers will continue to prescribe compounded 17-OP and Makena may go the way of the Do Do bird.
But the absence of Ther-Rx at ACOG did give me cause to think. I mean, they are not the only pharmaceutical company to have obscenely priced products. To provide CEOs with hundreds of millions of dollars in salary and stock options while Americans go bankrupt trying to afford much needed medications (and also driving up the cost of health insurance).
If public pressure can impact one medication, why can’t we do the same for others and try to do something other governments seem able to do, but ours, seduced by Big Pharma lobbyists, are unable to accomplish? Insist on reasonable prices for prescription drugs?
We can be heard. We can make change. It just takes outrage and enough public pressure.
I’m open to suggestions for the next target!!!