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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Retavase
The Expense of Retavase as a Heart Attack Medication [posted 11/11/98]
Answer: Retavase is a drug that dissolves clots. Hence, it dissolves the clot that was causing the heart attack and keeping threatened cardiac muscle alive until the atherosclerosis at the site can be evaluated/fixed. As to the cost, drugs that work on patent are very expensive. Too high but, that is a marketing decision of the company.