Epipen

I do not understand why those of us with MS are not getting vocal abut the Epipen and drug costs. Why aren’t we getting out there and talking about our drug costs and our insane increases? As for me I have tried to get exact numbers and the best I could find was an NPR piece from over a year ago. Costs below, and we wonder why no cure in site.  We are a cash cow for Big Pharma the time to get our voices heard is now. Please join me!

DRUG DATE APPROVED INITIAL COST (IN 2013 DOLLARS) 2013 COST INCREASE
Interferon-β-1b (Betaseron) 7/23/1993 $18,591 $61,529 231.0%
Interferon-β-1a IM (Avonex) 5/17/1996 $12,951 $62,394 381.8%
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 12/20/1996 $12,312 $59,158 380.5%
Interferon-β-1a SC (Rebif) 3/7/2002 $19,763 $66,394 236.0%
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 11/23/2004 $31,879 $64,233 101.5%
Interferon-β-1b (Extavia) 8/14/2009 $35,644 $51,427 44.3%
Fingolimod (Gilenya) 9/21/2010 $54,245 $63,806 17.6%
Teriflunomide (Aubagio) 9/12/2012 $48,349 $57,553 19.0%
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 3/27/2013 $57,816 $63,315 9.5%
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Author: msblogbank

MS Advocate for Change

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