Ga. Medicaid Program Must Buy Brand-Name Makena: Judge

Law360, New York (August 13, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT) -- A federal judge Thursday ordered Georgia’s Medicaid department to cover bankrupt KV Pharmaceutical Co.’s prenatal medicine Makena despite its relatively high cost, saying the agency’s preference for generics that lack U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval makes regulatory review of drug safety pointless.

U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. acknowledged his preliminary injunction would mean a “drastic cost increase” for taxpayers, as Makena has been priced as high as $1,500 per injection and is now sold for about half that amount, compared with $20 or...
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