Scorpion Stings Twice!
Desert dwellers- be careful to shake out those boots next summer! Because if you are bitten by scorpions, and are taken to the hospital for anti-venom treatment, it could cost you as much as $65 thousand (no typo), and insurance may not even cover them unless the victims are children or “elderly”.
According to this Pharmalot blog posting http://www.pharmalot.com/2011/11/stung-by-the-high-price-of-an-antivenom-drug/, a newly approved anti-venom called Anascorp (approved under FDA Orphan Drug provisions), is being sold WHOLESALE in the US for an astonishing $3500 a vial. Hospitals then charge patients between double and triple that much, for treatment may require 3-5 vials. The same venom is sold to patients in Mexico for $100 a vial or less.
Orphan drugs are approved under special provisions for drugs of extremely limited usage, and pricing is, of course, effectively unregulated. Maybe these drugs were named for the orphans created by bankrupt Scorpion bite victims. Got to love our American healthcare system!