Price of the Flu: Tamiflu Costs Consumers Hundreds
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- As the flu continues to spread throughout the state and much of the country, many are asking, what if the medicine you need to treat it is too expensive?
This year's flu season could be one of the deadliest on record.
Now, doctors worry that more flu patients could die if they don't pick up their prescription for a drug that could shorten the flu and make it less severe.
Tamiflu is prescribed to treat and lessen the symptoms of flu body aches, fever and fatigue.
But even with insurance the generic form of the drug can be over one hundred dollars. Name brand Tamiflu can run close to two hundred dollars.
Maryland's health department says that just in the first week of February, 360 people were hospitalized for influenza.
This year's flu season is being compared to the 2009 swine flu pandemic which killed over 12-thousand Americans.
Doctors say even with the big price tag pharmacies are running out of Tamiflu.
Although the C-D-C say flu infection risk is high in Maryland and widespread through most of the country, we're not done yet.
In the past five flu seasons have lasted between 11 and 20 weeks and we're only at week 11 now.