Klobuchar, Brown call for federal inv...

Klobuchar, Brown call for federal investigation into price gouging of drug for high-risk pregnancies

There are 2 comments on the HometownSource story from Mar 17, 2011, titled Klobuchar, Brown call for federal investigation into price gouging of drug for high-risk pregnancies. In it, HometownSource reports that:

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Sherrod Brown today sent Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz a letter urging the agency to launch an investigation into potentially anti-competitive behavior after a drug treatment used for high-risk pregnancies dramatically increased in cost.

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#1 Mar 18, 2011
The senators are implying that Makena is no different than a compounded pharmacy version. It follows then that there is no crisis surrounding pre-birth pregnancies since the existing "equivalent" is cheap and readily available. Is FDA approval meaningless? Which version of the drug would you like your wife or daughter to use?
Mike Mar

Livonia, MI

#2 Mar 18, 2011
There's no difference between the compounded pharmacy version and Makena. The drug which often went by P17 was the most effective measure for 5 decades...though certainly didn't guarantee the prevention...believe it showed a 36% reduction. Wouldn't be an issue if these compounds were still available along with Makena...when FDA gave KV the orphan drug rights this restricts those compounding companies..if not, this really wouldn't be an issue. Because they did, this price gouging means many more will die. THis price point should shift. A number of groups will bring pressure to bear on KV and eventually they will shift the price point(or these forces will drive them out of business)

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