posted on Mar, 30 2012 @ 01:22 AM
A couple of months ago my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was lucky they found it early and was only considered to be in the very
early, minor stages.
2 Weeks back she had the cancer removed, and has recovered quite well since.
As a result of being diagnosed with breast cancer, she has been told to take a drug called Letrozole for the next 5 years of her life.
The drug essentially works by stopping the flow of oestrogen that would usually feed the cancer (from what she told me)
Knowing the sleazy business schemes pharmacology can produce i thought i would ask her a few questions about the drug.
If you were to buy the drug, straight out of the chemist, it costs $179 for ONE months worth.
However, she is one of the very fortunate people on the planet to be in the top, most comprehensive health care (in Australia), so she receives
considerably large discounts of all sorts.
She only pays $5.80 for one months worth of these tablets.
How do people, who have been diagnosed with cancer, treat themselves after such an operation.
There is no way, the average person can afford to be spending $179 a month on tablets, for the next 5 years.
Thats $10,800 for 5 years worth of drugs
In Australia, a minimum wage could be considered around $10,000 a year (thats what i use to earn on minimum wage when i started working)
So you would have to work for an entire year, just to save up enough money to buy 5 years worth of simple pills from a chemist.
The top tier of healthcare is still not cheap here, it's approximately $1200 per month, which is about $72,000 for 5 years of it, and the cost is
On another note, a friend whom has a few ties to a pharmaceutical company was telling me the procedure they follow with out of date pills.
If a supermarket, or chemist, finds that their pharmaceutical products are out of date, even if it's something as simple as vitamins; the product is
sent back to the company. The company then crushes and grinds up the 'expired' pills. They then test the ground up substance for the potency, and
extract whatever is still good to use.
I don't know if this is the normal procedure, or just how accurate it is, but if this is the case, what harm is there in taking pills that are out of
date, except for the potential risk of having them not work? I would imagine that the reason for the use by date is so people have to continue to buy
the product again.
It's such a tragedy to see how hard it is to stay healthy. Why is health so expensive, should that not be our first priority in life... to live?