Rising cost of colchicine portrays an American health care conundrum

By Guest Columnist  Majd Isreb  on OregonLive, May 21, 2013

"This medication is not only therapeutic, it's also diagnostic!" my rheumatology professor told us during my internal medicine residency, describing one of our oldest medications. "If the patient's arthritic pain resolves rapidly after taking colchicine, then he definitely has gout. This drug is also very cheap!" he said. Today, this medication, which has been on the market since the '60s, is no longer available except in one form that costs at least $5 per pill -- if you're lucky.