Sigh...and amen! Thank you Shire pharmaceuticals. Normally I have no love for big wealthy drug companies and their nefarious shenanigans, but I am making an exception for you.
Now, I know some of you will tsk me and roll your eyes. Earthmothers, you would stage a march against medicating a child. That's okay. Normally I would too. So, march on, sisters. When you have raised a complex whirlybird of a child like my Toe, we'll see what lengths/links you go to in order to relieve his suffering and solve the constant crisismess of autistic agitation. Until then, I have no problem pioneering this walk alone.
Anyway, here's what you should really consider marching against: the fact that even with the most expensive University of MN employee Rx coverage available to our family, a groundbreaking and truly life-altering drug like Intuniv will cost our family hundreds and hundreds of dollars. The fact that, for other children who could benefit from such medical advancements as this, there is no possiblity of coverage (either due to prohibitive expense or flat-out denial). The fact that autism and ADHD complexes are still not seen by most insurance companies or public health care programs as the serious and treatable conditions they are, and that millions of kids will suffer as a result of this tragic mistake.