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Shortages of vital drugs, particularly cancer-fighting medication, have raised concerns in the United States, where regulators often have to race to try to find replacements.
A recent report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that the number of important treatments that are difficult or impossible to find nearly tripled from 61 to 178 between 2005 and 2010.
... In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux...
They buy patents that either cure or greatly reduce tumors and then shelf them so no one gets them. There is only one mentality behind that logic, greed with an agenda. I'd also call it a crime against humanity, or just plain evil.
Or like Boncho said, it could be due to some shortage. Phamaceuticals are made with oil, for example, so when oil prices go up it effects medicine. I'm sure the same is true for all kinds of exotic ingredients.