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Lymphoma and Pets
Price for Mustargen Rises Sharply With New Manufacturer
The drug company Merck recently sold the rights to make and market Mustargen to Ovation Pharmaceuticals. Ovation has now raised the cost of the drug over 650%!
For those without insurance or others whose doctors use it for treatment not covered by insurance, the price increase will be nearly prohibitive.
The Times quotes Sean Nolan, vice president of commercial development for Ovation, as saying that the price increases were needed to invest in manufacturing facilities for the drugs. He said the company was petitioning insurers to obtain coverage for patients
But Merck is still making the drug for Ovation. There appears to be more to this. It is a disturbing trend in the small drug sector and lymphoma patients are taking the brunt of it.