Friday, August 17, 2007
So get this. I had an indigent patient today who recently was diagnosed with a DVT and pulmonary embolus. I admitted him to the hospital and he was treated appropriately (and his bill will be distributed amongst the more fortunate). When he was discharged Sanofi-Aventis provided him with a full course of free lovenox therapy. This great drug allows folks to be treated out of the hospital for this dangerous condition but the drug itself is so expensive that not many without insurance can afford it. It's probably $700 for ten doses. So he came back today without a therapeutic blood level of coumadin and was nearly out of his lovenox. He needed a few more days so I called those Sanofi-Aventis assholes and they quickly ponied up for more (probably out of guilt). The thing is that those jerks actually make money on this stuff! The gall! Money! Yeah, I'm sure they spent millions in research and development of the drug and countless man-hours and hundreds of tests on DEFENSELESS ANIMALS no doubt, but really, this stuff should be free. We surely can not expect a man who can barely afford his Marlboros (half a pack in shirt pocket, new pack in back pocket), and could clearly not afford a dentist, to pay for this can we? I mean we are the richest nation in the world for Allah's sake! Where is the federal government when you need it?
Posted by 911DOC at Friday, August 17, 2007