News Jump Thursday Feb 10, 2019 08:30:08 The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday that companies with annual sales of more than $100 million will pay more than half a billion dollars in annual drug costs to treat children with the rare but life-threatening parasitic infection called heartworm.
The announcement comes as more than two million Americans are still diagnosed with the disease and more than 7 million children die annually from it.
While heartworm can cause paralysis, the condition itself can be treated with antibiotics.
The new program will cover more than 6 million children under 18 who have tested positive for the virus.
The CDC’s announcement comes days after the US Food and Drug Administration announced it was opening an investigation into how companies are paying for drugs to treat people with heartworms.
The agency said that a new program was announced to help pay for the drugs.
The plan covers more than 5 million children and adults who have test positive for heartworm and are receiving treatment with an experimental drug.
The drug has been approved in the US for treating people with mild to moderate cases of heartworm infection.
The new program covers about 7 million people who have had heartworm-related illness and are not receiving any other treatments, including oral antibiotics, a spokesperson said.
The program is the result of a recommendation by the FDA in April 2016 to expand the drug program.
In a press release, the CDC said the program will provide healthcare professionals with a tool to help them pay for medications for children with heart worm disease.
The announcement comes weeks after a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted how companies were reimbursing healthcare professionals who were treating children with a variety of heartworms for up to $150 per day for up the next two years.
It also comes amid an increase in the number of people infected with heartworm infections.
The report found that more than 8 million people in the United States have been infected with the parasite, but the majority of them have been treated with oral antibiotics.
The GAO said that hospitals were providing “little or no” treatment for children who have been given drugs to prevent their hearts from turning into organs and were not treating them properly.