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posted by janrinok on Monday August 15 2016, @01:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the money,-money,-money dept.

I ran across a story in the acclaimed “medical journal”, International Business Times, about how an old PMS medication from the 60s might be an Alzheimer's cure. Considering the source, I don't put a ton of stock in the story but it was interesting enough to look around a little more. That led me first to wikipedia to learn a little more about the drug in question (sounds like it has nasty side effects), which is when I got totally sidetracked:

Mefenamic acid is generic and is available worldwide under many brand names.[5]

In the USA, wholesale price of a week's supply of generic mefenamic acid has been quoted as $426.90 in 2014. Brand-name Ponstel is $571.70.[15] In contrast, in the UK, a weeks supply is £1.66, or £8.17 for branded Ponstan.[16] In the Philippines, 10 tablets of 500 mg generic mefenamic acid cost PHP39.00 (or the equivalent of $0.88USD) as of October 25, 2014.

The numbers in wikipedia may be extreme, but not by much. Looking online, I see that thirty 250mg tablets cost at least $111 at Walmart. In an almost direct reversal of the quantity and price numbers, one hundred 250mg tablets cost $35 from a UK manufacturer, but to get the drug at that price, you must break Federal law.

The rest of my comment would be a long string of expletives which I shall omit.


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by PartTimeZombie on Monday August 15 2016, @01:34AM

    by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Monday August 15 2016, @01:34AM (#388037)

    Anyone who wants to reduce the cost of any drug is a communist.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @01:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @01:40AM (#388038)

    But the Affordable Care Act is Obama's gift to Americans.

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @02:35AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @02:35AM (#388058)

      WRONG... It's Obama's gift to the Insurance industry.

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Bot on Monday August 15 2016, @02:21PM

        by Bot (3902) on Monday August 15 2016, @02:21PM (#388184) Journal

        If you let insurance companies cut deals with the health care industry, so that a broken bone costs $$$ to the uninsured and peanuts to the insurance, you have done away with the free market and all that shit.

        A society with politically strong insurance companies is doomed, it devolves in a terrorist byzantine regime where you gotta buy insurance or the lady who cannot handle hot coffee sues you, the urologist that visits you needs insurance in case something goes wrong with your pee pee, your hat has instructions so the hat company is safe if you use it as a frying pan.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @02:34AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @02:34AM (#388057)

    Well, it depends.

    Anyone wanting to reduce costs by hiring H-1Bs, then you are a corporatist slave driver.
    Or by purchasing the drug from the UK, then you are a globalist yahoo libertarian elitist.

    But if you want to reduce costs by increasing taxes to subsidize the costs, then you are twitter communist or corptocracy apologist depending on how much you personally benefit.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @03:57AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @03:57AM (#388087)

      Pick your poison, Yahoo libertarianism or Twitter communism.

      • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @04:23AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @04:23AM (#388093)

        I'm more in the smug point-out-the-hypocrisy-of-everyone-else camp.

        Long term, you are probably looking at a very limited nationalized healthcare for the US (and very much not the insurance fiasco we have now) with private insurance specializing in diseases of the wealthy or somesuch.

        However, the ONLY person here who understands the problem is Post-Nihilist. This may or may not be addressed through a national formulary, but regardless the issue isn't evil drug companies exclusively but just as much evil regulation.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by GungnirSniper on Monday August 15 2016, @02:42AM

    by GungnirSniper (1671) on Monday August 15 2016, @02:42AM (#388059) Journal

    You're just another member of the 47% who wants a handout. If you really need the medication, made it at home.

  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday August 15 2016, @03:05AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday August 15 2016, @03:05AM (#388066) Journal

    Thank you for the compliment.

    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Monday August 15 2016, @04:08AM

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Monday August 15 2016, @04:08AM (#388090)

      Thank you for the compliment.

      The best possible reply. You should win a prize.

    • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @06:59AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @06:59AM (#388112)

      But wait!

      You're just another member of the 47% who wants a handout.

      Is that the lower 47%, or the upper 47%? I mean, just wanting a handout hardly distinguishes them. Mitt Romney wanted a tax break for his car elevator. Martin Shkrelei wanted a tax break for his douche-baggery. Free stuff! That is all these Republicans want!! Roads and sewers, and internets, all paid for by the other 47%! Freeloaders! Scum! Entreprenuers! Trump Voters! Get off my lawn!!! What do you mean, public park? Blam, blam, blam! Take that, you . . . oh, sorry, officer. I thought you were black! Yes, it is a mistake anyone could make, since you are black. Wait, how could a N***8 be a cop? Where am I? I want my country back! I want my adult diaper changed! I want jmorris to make sweet, sweet love to me like he did long ago, before the unfortunate accident. Daisies, fields of daisies. We were so happy then.

      So, how much does this drug cost? Is there a discount for Trump voters? C'mon, demonstrated need!!!

      • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Monday August 15 2016, @02:09PM

        by tangomargarine (667) on Monday August 15 2016, @02:09PM (#388182)

        Or put more succinctly, "Fuck you; got mine."

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