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(Yahoo)   FDA restricts new Alzheimer's drug to only mild cases, for fear that its inconclusive efficacy data + stratospheric price would bankrupt the US Gov't   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2021-07-09 6:15:27 AM  
When I was a kid, I always thought they were saying "Oldtimer's Disease."

/CSB
 
2021-07-09 7:16:42 AM  
If only we had a functioning government, Biogen could get insanely wealthy and everyone who needs it could get the medicine.  Instead Biogen gets stupidly wealthy and only the very richest get it.
 
2021-07-09 7:56:23 AM  
priced at $56,000 a year

A small price to pay for regaining the requisite faculties to fully appreciate how much debt you've put yourself in.
 
2021-07-09 7:56:24 AM  
They should have pulled the approval completely. The only thing this drug has definitely proved to do is cause brain bleeding while converting what's left of our social safety net into shareholder value.
 
2021-07-09 9:59:09 AM  

sleze: When I was a kid, I always thought they were saying "Oldtimer's Disease."

/CSB


My Korean wife is almost 70 years old, and she still calls it that.
 
2021-07-09 10:17:16 AM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: priced at $56,000 a year

A small price to pay for regaining the requisite faculties to fully appreciate how much debt you've put yourself in.



Yeah, but Medicare premiums the gov't pays are around $10k per person per year.

Those budget actuaries try to thread the needle every year on their numbers and something like this breaks all of their projections.

Same thing happened when the Hep C drug came out around 10 years ago. And there are lot more people with Alzheimer's (~6M) than Hep C (~2M).


/Person Man Woman Camera TV
 
2021-07-09 10:26:03 AM  

Lost_in_Korea: sleze: When I was a kid, I always thought they were saying "Oldtimer's Disease."

/CSB

My Korean wife is almost 70 years old, and she still calls it that.


Istill call it that.
 
2021-07-09 10:39:03 AM  

exqqqme: Same thing happened when the Hep C drug came out around 10 years ago. And there are lot more people with Alzheimer's (~6M) than Hep C (~2M).


The Hep C antiviral actually works, though, unlike that high-tech recombinant snake oil advertised as an Alzheimer's treatment.
 
2021-07-09 10:53:29 AM  
I wonder why these drug makers go through all the effort to make the drugs, just so they can deny them to the vast majority of people that need them?


We can stay in The Jungle, or we can move on and choose to have civilization one day instead.
 
2021-07-09 4:54:45 PM  
Eminent domain/confiscate it. It's the only moral option.
 
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