An ICU Staple Has Exponentially Spiked in Price. Can Compounding Solve the Problem? Now the Courts Will Decide
March 15, 2019
(STAT News) – Until recently, the drug was so vital and so cheap that hospital staffs kept it stashed in every corner of the ICU. In 2011, a box of 25 tiny vials cost less than $200. But after the Food and Drug Administration granted an Endo Pharmaceuticals subsidiary the exclusive right to make the drug in 2014, the price spiked: the same box, now bearing the brand name Vasostrict, cost over $4,000 in 2018. It sounds like a time-worn tale in the vein of daraprim and EpiPen: another drug maker cornering the market and spiking the price of an old and vital drug.