Man battles health insurer for drug that could save his life
Kevin Dwyer can’t breathe. He can’t even sleep without choking. His condition is so serious, his new wife, Katie, has to help clear his lungs every day.
“What are you afraid of?” we asked her.
“Of him dying,” she said.
“I didn’t think it would come to this, this fast.,” Kevin told us. “It’s come down to fighting for my life.”
Kevin has cystic fibrosis: a deadly disease clogging the lungs, causing dangerous infections, even internal bleeding. The average lifespan of a patient is 37 years old. Kevin is now 40.
“I’m suffocating to death very, very slowly,” he explained.
“Because your airways are closing,”
“And it’s getting worse, rapidly,” Kevin said.
So why is his sister Martha, who has the exact same disease, doing so well? Her lung function is stable, even improving. “I feel able to hope for the future in a way that I never could before,” she said. “It’s everything.”
And she credits a little pill for all of it: A new drug called Kalydeco that is actually slowing the disease in some patients and, ideally, extending their lives.
But it’s expensive: $25,000 a month. So Kevin and Martha, brother and sister, asked their insurance to cover it.
This is just another one of many examples of how free enterprise does not work 25,000 for a drug is nothing but greed greed greed greed.
I love our free enterprise in the USA but sometimes people think it means you can ask any amount you want for something and if you have the government backing you through patents and such you can get away with it .