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originally posted by: strongfp
Who the hell is going to buy this drug?
If it's a parasitic fighting drug it means that people who most likely will get infected aren't going to be rich snobby people. Maybe one or two people a year who can afford it might contract the parasite.
It's just like snake venom, not all hospitals have antidotes and if they do it's very expensive.
Luckily this isn't like snake bites or gasoline, hospitals have choices, patients have choices, and people are going to choose the cheaper choice in this case.
originally posted by: noonebutme
a reply to: infolurker
I suppose the joke is on them (the price increasers, that is).
I mean, the average person couldn't possibly afford those prices, so they will either get well over a much longer period, which is no money in the pockets of the greedy, or they will die - which is the same result.
Only rich people could afford these drugs but then, if you're rich, you probably could pay the money to *avoid* the situations and scenarios that lead to one needing these drugs.
So... I fail to see how raising the costs of these drugs will benefit them. Stupid, really. No one wins.
originally posted by: St Udio
here's an excellent opportunity for rogue China corporations to make rip-off copies of the rare drugs which the vulture capitalist hedge fund managers price at a new unreasonable rate...
a $750. dollar pill, upped from $13.50
or a 30 day supply upped to $10k by these money hungry sociopaths not content with the tiny profits from the old price of $500.
~I can agree with a punishment of forced sterilization so that kind of person is eliminated from the gene pool ~
originally posted by: CranialSponge
The way universal healthcare works in all the other 1st world nations is that the government controls the prices and price increases of all pharmaceuticals. Big pharmacy cannot dictate the price in these countries - the price is dictated by how much our government is willing to pay to purchase the drug for distribution. This means that US drug companies are having to sell their drugs to other countries at drastically reduced prices if they want their drug sold outside the US.
This Daraprim drug costs roughly $2 per tablet everywhere else (retail), while in the US it was costing roughly $13 per tablet (retail)... hence the reason why so many Americans are now purchasing their drugs from online pharmacies in other countries.
Here's an example of the price difference of Daraprim (prices are before this recent increase) to give you a better understanding of what I'm talking about.
Americans are getting robbed blind by big pharmacy because they're being allowed to do so by your government's lack of price controls on drugs. They're allowing these corporate dogs to run wild with no leash attached.