Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

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.

Original Submission

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Whoever on Monday August 15 2016, @01:41AM

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday August 15 2016, @01:41AM (#388040) Journal

    Yes, but don't forget that the USA has the best healthcare system in the world (it must be true, I read it on the Internet), so those generic tablets sold in the USA must be better. It's just obvious.

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   +4  
       Insightful=2, Informative=1, Funny=1, Disagree=1, Total=5
    Extra 'Insightful' Modifier   0  
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   5  
  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Monday August 15 2016, @03:06AM

    by hemocyanin (186) on Monday August 15 2016, @03:06AM (#388067) Journal

    Another example post for an "insightfunny" mod.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by fubari on Monday August 15 2016, @04:40PM

      by fubari (4551) on Monday August 15 2016, @04:40PM (#388252)

      Better: +1 Wish That Wasn't Funny :-/

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @06:30PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 15 2016, @06:30PM (#388312)

    the best insurance system in the world

    fixed that for ya.

    Insurance is at the root of why this crap costs so much.

    For years it was 'your out of pocket is 50 bucks'. What do you care if on the other end it costs 50k? When you are involved in the costs you force companies to compete against each other. In this case the insurance 'just paid it'. I was involved for many years in insurance coverage software. It was sad to see the meltdown of our system to be sold out to the highest bidder :(