Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Colchicine coupons

Bad Cohen is one of many Sephardi-descended Jews who has inherited a problematic gene collection. In his case, among other things, it includes Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF).

If you don't need to Google that term, you probably know about the recent price gouging in the treatment of this condition by URL Pharma. After roughly 14 centuries of use, colchicine has finally been "tested" in a clinical trial. One that used 184 patients, and "proved" what everyone already knew: colchicine is safe and effective in treating gout and FMF, within certain dosage guidelines we already knew about.

For their efforts, big pharma was given exclusive patent rights to colchicine for 3 years for gout patients, and SEVEN years for FMF patients. Why the difference? Gout sufferers can take aspirin. FMF patients have no other options.

Oh, and the fun part is that they raised the price. From 10 cents per pill to $5 per pill.

After all the negative press they got, they did issue some "coupons" for up to $75 off your monthly Rx copay for colcrys (their brand-name version of the formerly generic drug).

You can get yours here: Colchicine coupons


Blogger The back of the hill said...

Gout sufferers should NOT take aspirin willy-nilly. Too much can bring on an attack of gout.

And yes, that price rise from zipp-diddly to an arm and a leg is infuriating.

4/01/2011 8:47 PM  

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