It’s produced by the Eli Lilly Company, the same pharmaceutical company who produces protamine sulfate, the drug that killed my husband Gene in 2005.
Matthew has taken Zyprexa daily since 2004 when he was no longer able to continue taking Lithium – the only drug that ever proved effective in treating his bipolar disorder.
Since 2004, Zyprexa has been prescribed to Matthew in varying dosages from 10 to 20 mg. in an ineffectual effort to contain his manic episodes. He is currently on 20 mg. in what may be a futile effort to avoid yet another hospital stay. Zyprexa’s side-effects on his neurological system have been horrific.
The most notable things about Matthew’s use of Zyprexa are these:
1. Zyprexa’s use to Matthew has been worthless. His manic episodes have worsened in frequency, severity, and length since he began taking it in 2004. And I fear that Zyprexa’s final side-effects will prove as disastrous to his neurology as Eli Lilly’s protamine sulfate’s were to his father’s life.
2. Zyprexa’s price is beyond belief. This bottle you’re looking at here cost $1,158.85. It contains 30 pills, to be taken once daily. The price of each pill is $38.63 each. The cost of each pill was provided through Medicare. The actual cost of manufacturing the pill was probably miniscule. Perhaps a penny? These are your tax dollars at work! (During the 40 years Matthew took Lithium – his only effective drug – a month’s supply used to cost less than 20 dollars.
3. The Eli Lilly Company continues to bask in profit, in spite of the $3.3 billion dollars in legal retribution they have already had to pay due to the irresponsible use of the Zyprexa drug alone.
When I read about Congress’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, I am dumbfounded that the mind-boggling greed and corruption of the pharmaceutical companies is never even considered as a possible way to contain and regulate these staggering costs.
As far as I’m concerned, none of the drug cartels are any less to be respected than the Eli Lilly company. At least, the drug lords don’t pretend to be effective for anything more therapeutic than getting high, which I sincerely wish I could do right now.
That’s all. I’m not having a good day. Neither is Matthew. But please stick around for tomorrow.