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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Something to Make You Angry

Slate Magazine has an article alerting us to the fact that a major drug company has drastically increased the cost of birth control pills, once sold for a penny a pack to publicly funded clinics:

No one much noticed, but thousands of family-planning clinics across the country went into a tailspin last month. They were reacting to a drastic price increase by Ortho-McNeil, a major supplier of birth-control pills and maker of the popular contraceptive patch. The company used to charge publicly funded clinics as little as a penny a pack for the pills. Then, as of July 1, the price of some pills jumped to more than $18 a pack. Ortho's move was apparently legal under federal pricing rules. But it's anybody's guess as to why the company chose to do this now, without giving the clinics any real notice.

Thanks to Bitch Ph.D. for the tip. Read more about her harrowing adventure with birth control here.

5 Comments:

Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

This was reported on NPR this week and royally ticked me off. I was going to blog on it, bug became sidetracked, so glad ya called them out. They have offered no damn good reason other than they can if they feel like it.

Anyone seen the price of viagra increase 1800 fold?

2:11 PM PDT  
Blogger scout said...

WTF? Maybe they think it's OK to make front-end birth control cost-prohibitive to the poorest women on the theory that they can always take care of it on the back end with the morning-after pill: now available without a prescription, you know, if the woman is over 18 and can find a pharmacy that stocks it and isn't staffed by a self-righteous fundy pharmacist who thinks he knows better than she what's best for her.

10:14 AM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

LOL Nelle. Price of Viagra increase? Only if they can figure out how it can be used to prevent pregnancy.

And ain't that the problem Scout? Finding that pill and being able to procure it in time (48 hours)?
And wouldn't it be nice if men had to undergo the same difficulty and humiliation to obtain the little blue pill?

10:26 AM PDT  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Oh, that is so wrong! What else can we expect from a government that enacts a drug bill that doesn't allow Medicaire to negotiate prices with the manufacturers.

Argh!

5:36 PM PDT  
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10:33 PM PST  

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