poe_zlaw: Good God. What a bunch of long, drawn out nonsense. I wonder how much a PR firm was paid to write that article in defense of the hospital, the drug maker, and to scare people enough into just paying for it. They finish the article with telling you about how your child will need it or get neurological damage in the ICU.
cajunns: Oh how great it is to live in CANADA and not have to put up with this greed.
AbbeySomeone: cajunns: Oh how great it is to live in CANADA and not have to put up with this greed.You people don't have scorpions.
poe_zlaw: AbbeySomeone: cajunns: Oh how great it is to live in CANADA and not have to put up with this greed.You people don't have scorpions.yeah they do. Theyre just cuter.[chronicleproject.com image 850x753]
JuggleGeek: Everyone wonders why health care is so expensive in the US. This article explains a large part of the problem. FDA takes a drug that sells for $100 or less and pushes the price to exorbitant levels. Then the hospitals add their own exorbitant fees and says "Screw anyone who can't afford at least $10,000 a dose."
Coming on a Bicycle: Free market. How does it work?
Bendal: Earlier this year a man walking down the street in NC was bitten by a copperhead when he picked it up (it was small, and yes, he was stupid). The hospital bill for the antivenom shots came to $25,000, and I don't think his insurance covered it (being a rare medical condition and all). While I can see why antivenom shots are expensive since they are created from venom extracted from live snakes, is it $25,000 expensive?
The_Original_Roxtar: my opinion, stuff like that should be covered by insurance.
NightGuard: JuggleGeek: Everyone wonders why health care is so expensive in the US. This article explains a large part of the problem. FDA takes a drug that sells for $100 or less and pushes the price to exorbitant levels. Then the hospitals add their own exorbitant fees and says "Screw anyone who can't afford at least $10,000 a dose."This is "not news" to anyone that works in the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries. To pass FDA muster, there is a multi-year testing process that a drug must go through to show that it is both effective and to identify any possible side effects. You ever hear those radio ads saying you can earn something like $2500 for taking part in drug testing? Those costs, as well as the other costs of the company running the testing, the lab testing costs, and more are all included in the final cost of a drug.
BarkingUnicorn: NightGuard: JuggleGeek:Yet when called on this BS, the hospital manages to make a profit by charging "only" $8,000.Gimme a break.The FDA's BS is a big but relatively smaller factor. Why is all that regulatory expense necessary for a drug that's been used in Mexico at much higher volume for decades? If Americans can eat fruit from Mexican fields without years of testing, they should be able to get this drug without it too.
NoblePatrick: WTF is "antivenin"?!
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