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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: 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.