Good news! The FDA has approved the compounding of 17P so that we can keep this live-saving drug at a low cost. Wedgewood pharmacy (where I ordered mine because it is the only pharmacy to compound the shot without latex), is able to continue providing the drug to mothers in need. Hurray!
17P is now provided by just one pharmaceutical company, which has spiked the price from $10-20 per shot to about $1,500 per shot. What insurance is going to cover it? Will state health plans continue to carry it? Will the rates of premature delivery skyrocket? I feel SO lucky to have gotten the treatment before this quandary!
You may remember that I had to be induced early to deliver Alexander because of pregnancy-induced hypertension...well it has finally resolved. My last blood pressure reading was back in the normal range. Thanks goodness! I have been on nifedical for the last few months to control my blood pressure. My OB took me off of it on Tuesday to see what the reading would be off the medication. If it was still high, then I would be diagnosed with chronic hypertension. I was very nervous! I am now so relieved! :) I am happy to be off that medication too, as it was starting to make me a bit dizzy. Phew!
What is the answer? There is no easy answer, no complete answer. I have only clues, shells from the sea...Channeled whelk, I put you down again, but you have set my mind on a journey, up an inwardly winding spiral staircase of thought. ~ Anne Morrow Lindberg, Gift from the Sea
I am the mother of an ex-preemie born at 26.1 weeks gestation and a termie born at 38.3 weeks. They are both miracles! I blog to share my first son's story of an early birth, amazing recovery and growth. I am also sharing my story of going through pregnancy again after having the preemie experience.