Over 500,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States each year. Unfortunately, with premature birth comes comes an increased risk for health consequences. As a “solution” for these premature births, KV pharmaceutical company offers a drug known as Makena which is meant to reduce the risk for premature births. But good luck using it if you’re interested, as the company recently raised the price from $10 to $1,500 per dose.
Pharmaceutical Companies Are in it For the Money
As many people are well aware, pharmaceutical companies care very little about your health. The KV pharmaceutical company now expects to make a whopping $30,000 over the course of a pregnancy with their drug Makena – a price most people would agree is completely ridiculous for such a ‘good cause’. Once this change was picked up and made public by the mainstream media, however, the company made a move to lower the price from $1,500 to $690 per dose. Unfortunately this price is still irrational, especially when compared to how high it is from the initial $10.
But KV didn’t simply raise the price of their drug. At an attempt to wipe out all other competition, the company took 17P (17-Hydroxyprogesterone), a hormone which forms the active ingredient in the drug which has been used by compounding pharmacies for years, and patented it. They then sent letters to compounding pharmacies telling them to stop selling their versions of the drug or face consequences from the FDA. KV, while questioning the quality of compounded drugs, were selling two unapproved drugs. In addition, the company admits to making false claims and sending out completely inaccurate quarterly reports.
This is only one example of how pharmaceutical companies are not in the game for enhancing your health, but rather are only focused on increasing profits. Fortunately for the drug companies, with every drug comes nasty side effects – leading only to a need for more drugs to treat those side-effects. In fact, the average drug label contains an astonishing 70 negative side-effects. It is easy to see how any “customer” of the drug industry can get wrapped in the vicious cycle of drug-induced health complications.