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Why is birth control more expensive?



The Ortho-Evra patch's price has increased from $10 to $15, and publicly-funded clinics worry they can no longer afford to provide birth control. Bloggers and Salon complain that and Slate runs through a list of possible reasons why (via Kevin MD) Ortho-McNeil raised rates for its birth-control pills and patches, but no one points out the most likely reason: increased litigation. Johnson & Johnson is facing 500 lawsuits over a product that they sell $416 million a year on, not a tenable combination in the long run. Lawyers benefit, but consumers suffer.

 

 


Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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