Medicine: Way Out of Reach

A schizophrenia drug is too costly for those who need it most

For many who suffer from chronic schizophrenia, the drug clozapine seems to work miracles. One woman who thought she was God and could control the weather was in and out of mental institutions 35 times before starting on the antipsychotic drug. After only a few weeks of treatment, she was free from delusions and making plans to go to college. Clozapine, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in February, could benefit an estimated 100,000 people in the U.S.

But the patients who need the drug most face a huge barrier: treatment costs nearly $9,000 a year. The drug is a...

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