Spasm medications have been used for decades in the treatment of many diseases including a rare but potentially fatal form of lung cancer, according to a study.
The drug is also being used to treat severe allergic reactions and to help relieve pain in patients with chronic pain.
But its cost is a major stumbling block for those trying to get an injection into the brain, or to help people with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease, said Dr. Andrew P. Johnson, a neurologist at Emory University in Atlanta.
“Spasm medication has been around for years,” Johnson said.
“But for a long time, we’ve never been able to figure out how to make it affordable for the average patient.”
In a new study published online in Neurology, Johnson and his colleagues examined the cost of various types of spasm medications, from a low-cost drug called olfactin to a higher-priced drug called fibrinogen.
The researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2007 to 2011, which collected information about the health of more than 4.3 million people.
Spasm medication used in this study cost about $2.50 per pill, about one-third of what is currently being charged for the same drug, Johnson said in an interview.
A higher-cost medication, olfactspray, costs $8.95 per pill.
In the study, the researchers analyzed the cost-effectiveness of each drug based on a variety of factors.
They took into account the average price of the drug at the time of the survey, how much it cost to manufacture, how many of its ingredients were used, the number of side effects, and the price of its label.
The study did not determine the quality of the spasm drugs.
“These are all very important factors,” Johnson, an associate professor at Emary-Cookman University in Jacksonville, Florida, said in a phone interview.
The research team, which included the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, used data from a study of patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery at a hospital in the U.S. that also included information about spasm drug costs.
The spasm pill is the most expensive drug in the study.
That study found that the drug cost $12,500 per patient per year to make, according for the study by Johns Hopkins University researchers.
Johnson and other researchers say the spasmspray drug costs $2,400 per pill and olfacetin costs $4,400, although that study used the less expensive price of olfACTIN, which has a higher fat content and is less expensive than the higher-quality drug.
Johnson said he has been trying to raise the cost for olfectin since 2009.
He said he also recently began selling olfacetin at drugstores and through other pharmacies to patients, hoping to reduce prices for people who do not have access to the drug.
In a statement, Emory said the university “was able to make a significant reduction in costs by combining olfaxin and olivacortin together into one generic drug.
The price reduction was realized at the expense of cost increases for the company’s existing patients and the public health and cost burden on Emory.”
The study authors say there is also evidence that olfacid has been shown to be more effective than fibrinic acid in treating spasms and other symptoms in patients.
But they say it is still not clear whether olfactivity is the same as spasm, so a study is needed to determine if there are any significant differences in the efficacy of the two medications.