The prescription drugs used to help one care for multiple sclerosis are extremely expensive. Just one can cost $62,000.00! That is more money than many households in the USA bring home in a year. And it’s definitely more money that anyone wants to spend on medication.
Here’s a list of commonly prescribed drugs and how much they cost in one month:
Drug Name Dose Walmart Walgreen’s
|Copaxone (Teva)||20MG 1PK=30 INJ||$5,507.32||$6,000.09|
|Gilenya (Novartis)||0.5MG CAP (28)||$5,372.18||$4,790.19|
|Rebif (Merck KGaA/Pfizer)||44MCG/0.5SYG INJ (12)||$5,150.54||$5,304.49|
|Tecfidera (Biogen Idec)||240 MG CAP (60)||$5,139.01||$5,320.09|
|Extavia (Bayer)||0.3MG INJ (15)||$4,430.46||$5,589.99|
|Avonex (Biogen Idec)||Prefill 30MCG/0.5ML Kit||$4,877.08||$5,058.19|
|Tysabri (Biogen Idec)||300MG/15 INJ||$5,418.62||$5,629.49|
|Betaseron (Bayer)||0.3MG INJ (14)||$5,154.54||$5,809.69|
*Administered every 3 months by IV and prescribed in multi-dose vials. Therefore, single-month pricing information was unavailable.
Gilenya, a drug produced by Novartis, received approval by the FDA in 2010. The cost of this medication was set at $4,000 every month. However, this is inexpensive when compared to Tecfidera which costs $62,000 each year!
The president of the Florida Society of Neurology, Daniel Kantor, MD, relays it is universally recognized that these drugs are too expensive. However, they continue to increase in price. Thankfully, in the USA, most people with MS have some form of help to get their medication at a lower price. But it remains a struggle for many. This is causing people to seek alternative, natural care for health problems.
Low-Cost Alternatives for Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen some success in helping those with multiple sclerosis. A connection has been seen between the onset of this condition and previous head or neck trauma. If the top bone of the neck is misaligned, improper signals are sent to the brain because the brainstem is being placed under pressure. We use a gentle method to correct it, often resulting in a decrease in the symptoms of multiple sclerosis without the cost of high-priced medication.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com