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How to Turn a $10 Treatment into a $30,000 Drug Money-Maker


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A synthetic form of progesterone was given FDA approval more than half a century ago, and ever since doctors have been prescribing it for their patients with high-risk pregnancies through compounding pharmacies at about $10 per dose.

But recently it was designated an "orphan drug" by the FDA, meaning that the company KV Pharmaceutical was given the exclusive right of production and sale.


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