thanks for all the info especially about prices. I will probably stop taking the copaxone or maybe only take it a few times a week. There was a study presented at the annual neurological society gathering last year that compared copaxone taken twice a week with copaxone daily. the patients in the study showed no difference in progression. I showed this study to my neuo who blurted out 'how did you get this? this isn't out yet!?"
In any event, teva cannot have a patent on this drug forever. It just doesn't work that way, even in our capitalist society. As long as medicine is classified as property and pharmaceuticals as private corporations selling their property in a free market society, we have no hope for reasonable pricing.
Teva is now making 3 billion a year on copaxone alone. I think they have recovered their initial costs of research and then made a good profit. It is time for the government to step in with laws on patent regulation, price regulation for medicine, etc.
I'm wondering if the single payer health plan would have solved these problems. I assume it would have.
Oh well, now all I really have to deal with is family, friends, neuros, etc. blaming my ms on my refusal to pay 1,ooo.00/month for copaxone..(I have medicare and a part d supplement)
Decisions are hard to make but if I pay out 12,000.00 a year what will be left for the other stuff I have like eye glasses, teeth, breasts, uterus, bone issues, and what about my spouse, what money will be left to pay for his medical issues?
OK, enough of all this its just that the neuro always gets to me when she basically tells me I will be hospitalized without copaxone. Who do these people work for?
Thanks for all the feedback,