Why is mepron so expensive?

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greatguy
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   Posted 1/13/2018 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What is the reason for that? The production is expensive? It is not a generic? There appears to be an epidemy in Africa, India, US and Europe of malaria and malaria like organisms, and yet it still is so ****in' gold.

One thing that struck me was discovering that malaria is treated in 2 weeks. If babesia takes 4-6 months at the bare minimum of anti-malarials and we know babesia isn't even HALF as deadly as malaria, how can malaria be treated in 2 weeks? Doesn't make any sense to me, unless malaria replicates faster.

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   Posted 1/13/2018 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Nut$.

Instead, ask - post -goggle about mepron alternative. I forgot what it was.
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greatguy
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   Posted 1/13/2018 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
If taken at the dose Dr. H prescribes, it is $10,000 a month. That's crazy expensive.

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   Posted 1/13/2018 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I know someone who LLMD thought they had babesia, spent 6K and it did NOTHING.

Guessing is costly. 6K down the drain.

Seek alternatives first.

Its avail on the internet, but I would not trust that. Everything has a black online market.
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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Mepron is the brand name for the drug Atovaquone. (I think?)
Buy the generic.

I'm not sure how much more reasonable it is. I think it's still expensive
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greatguy
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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there a generic? Malarone, if it is a generic, is about the same price as mepron, maybe slightly cheaper. The drug Atovaquone looks to be one of the most expensive anti-parasitic/anti-malarial drug out there.

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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
greatguy said...
Is there a generic? Malarone, if it is a generic, is about the same price as mepron, maybe slightly cheaper. The drug Atovaquone looks to be one of the most expensive anti-parasitic/anti-malarial drug out there.


malarone is different - it's a pill and it combines atovaquone with Proguanil.



So, maybe there isn't a cheaper version of the atovaquone liquid?
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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
greatguy said...
If taken at the dose Dr. H prescribes, it is $10,000 a month. That's crazy expensive.


Seriously? Are you sure.

Doesn't one bottle last 3 weeks...on regular dose of 1 tsp twice daily?

I thought one bottle was about $1200


I've put a call into the Pharmacy where I'm going to be getting my meds at....I'll see what they say.
I can't even pay $1200 a month for 6 months.
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Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
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greatguy
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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...
greatguy said...
If taken at the dose Dr. H prescribes, it is $10,000 a month. That's crazy expensive.


Seriously? Are you sure.

Doesn't one bottle last 3 weeks...on regular dose of 1 tsp twice daily?

I thought one bottle was about $1200


I've put a call into the Pharmacy where I'm going to be getting my meds at....I'll see what they say.
I can't even pay $1200 a month for 6 months.


My memory is not working... It was daptomycin, not mepron. But wonder what kind of drug would cost hat much anyway...

greatguy
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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for misinformation..

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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
greatguy said...
Girlie said...
greatguy said...
If taken at the dose Dr. H prescribes, it is $10,000 a month. That's crazy expensive.


Seriously? Are you sure.

Doesn't one bottle last 3 weeks...on regular dose of 1 tsp twice daily?

I thought one bottle was about $1200


I've put a call into the Pharmacy where I'm going to be getting my meds at....I'll see what they say.
I can't even pay $1200 a month for 6 months.


My memory is not working... It was daptomycin, not mepron. But wonder what kind of drug would cost hat much anyway...


No worries. Yikes, not another expensive one... how can we afford this?
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Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
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Nov./15 mino - to biaxi

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   Posted 1/13/2018 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
greatguy said...
Sorry for misinformation..


Don't worry about it.
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added biaxin Sept. 26/14
Disc. amox,added Ceftin Nov. 20th.;
Disc. biaxin added Buhner bart herbs Dec/14;Jan/15 pulsing Tinda (w/ Ceftin);
Abx/herb break Apr-July/15; July-mino; Aug. added Rif;
Nov./15 mino - to biaxi
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