U.S. officials on Wednesday said they will not stop special pharmacies from making a cheaper
version of a new expensive drug that prevents preterm labor.
The Food and Drug Administration's unusual statement concerns the recently approved Makena. The drug went on sale this month and costs $1,500 per dose.
Doctors and others have objected to the high price. For years, special pharmacies have been making it for high-risk pregnant women for $10 to $20 a dose.
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Last month, the drug's maker warned pharmacies to stop making the cheaper version or they could face FDA enforcement. But the FDA said Wednesday that the pharmacies can continue making the cheaper version.
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