First Postpartum Drug for Depression Gets FDA Approval This Week
This should be a good sign for so many couples considering postpartum depression is a real thing. Men and Women suffer from some pretty nasty depression after a baby is born. I've spoken to several women and this is a dangerous part of life that a mom could go through without the proper treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration has just approved the first ever postpartum depression drug, Brexanolone. Great right? Not exactly. The new answer to treatment for this depression will set you back $34,000 and it's not even covered by insurance. Whoa.
I feel like that is like someone telling you a cure has been found for balding that is totally legitimate. The only catch is it's gonna cost you $50,000 and there ain't financing on that baby Hey, we've cured Cancer and it's gonna cost you $200,000!
Postpartum Depression impacts 1 in 9 new mothers after childbirth and is a serious mental illness. We've seen several celebrities come out about this last year including Serena Williams, Cardi B, Chrissy Teigen and the list goes on. My wife went through this and I've spent countless hours talking about it.
This became a discussion on the show one morning because of all the press Postpartum Depression was getting. I spoke about our experience and that's when my phones went crazy. I spoke to a woman that I could barely understand because she was crying so hard. She wanted to kill herself as she was holding her children and was begging for help. My phones immediately blew up and she was offered free services. The great thing about that story is that she went immediately to get help. The follow up on that is that she is doing much better. She admitted it was going to be a process but was so grateful and said it saved her life. Postpartum Depression is serious.
Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may experience thoughts about harming themselves or harming their child." - Tiffany Farchione, acting director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
This new FDA approved drug does have its setbacks like the price for starters. Who can afford $34,000!? Let's see what happens but I'm thinking if they figured it out now, that price will definitely drop.
If you're currently pregnant you will have postpartum depression conversations with the nurse's pre and post delivery. Don't blow those conversations off. Educate yourself and your significant other on this illness. This isn't something that people like to talk about but it's more important that we listen so that word will travel. Nobody wanted to talk about breast cancer and child abuse either. These things take time and the sooner we let women know that it's okay to talk about it, the faster we can get them support.