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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: 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.

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  • (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."

      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"