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2022-08-19 9:38:30 AM  
Oddly, it's not a list of the actual most expensive drugs- sure, insulin is priced far too high, but it's not expensive compared to something like aducanumab at ~$56k/year.   And at least insulin works.

Note that most of the really expensive ones are for extremely rare diseases- it's tough to make a drug for a few hundred people.  Also, a couple are single dose gene therapies- in theory at least you cure the disease entirely and cut out a lifetime of health care costs which will almost certainly be far more than the drug.

Focus your ire on things that affect a lot of people like the ridiculous cost of insulin or the FDA even approving aducanumab, a drug that could bankrupt Medicare by itself while managing to have literally no benefit.
 
2022-08-19 9:47:25 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Oddly, it's not a list of the actual most expensive drugs- sure, insulin is priced far too high, but it's not expensive compared to something like aducanumab at ~$56k/year.   And at least insulin works.

Note that most of the really expensive ones are for extremely rare diseases- it's tough to make a drug for a few hundred people.  Also, a couple are single dose gene therapies- in theory at least you cure the disease entirely and cut out a lifetime of health care costs which will almost certainly be far more than the drug.

Focus your ire on things that affect a lot of people like the ridiculous cost of insulin or the FDA even approving aducanumab, a drug that could bankrupt Medicare by itself while managing to have literally no benefit.


Medicare jacked the monthly premium over 15% to cover aducanumah, then decided to only cover clinical testing. But did they reduce the premium? Nope.
 
2022-08-19 10:09:43 AM  
Though it's been generic since 2018, the average cash price of a 30-day supply of tadalafil at the pharmacy is still currently around $518.

VA Price: $0.25 per tablet

Humira costs around $72,000 a year.

VA Price: $394/pen

Enjaymo annual cost of the drug is expected to be around $280,000,

VA Price: $1270 per vial

Kimmtrak contract price but can't find out yet.

Insulin... $15-40 per vial on all types. Humulin R is a special case and they rape everyone... $900 per vial


So, you can see, Americans would save billions overnight if we just adopted contract pricing for everyone.
 
2022-08-19 10:24:24 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Though it's been generic since 2018, the average cash price of a 30-day supply of tadalafil at the pharmacy is still currently around $518.

VA Price: $0.25 per tablet

Humira costs around $72,000 a year.

VA Price: $394/pen

Enjaymo annual cost of the drug is expected to be around $280,000,

VA Price: $1270 per vial

Kimmtrak contract price but can't find out yet.

Insulin... $15-40 per vial on all types. Humulin R is a special case and they rape everyone... $900 per vial


So, you can see, Americans would save billions overnight if we just adopted contract pricing for everyone.



I get emails all the time about free Viagra.  I don't see what all the fuss is about.

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2022-08-19 11:00:56 AM  
The most expensive medicine is this:

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$10,000/dose. It can take seven doses for severe envenomation.

It is more expensive than antimatter, as the actual medicine is measurable in micrograms.

/A pound is the GDP of the world.
 
2022-08-19 11:19:29 AM  
Boner pill tadalafil is on that list...for $518 for a 30 day supply.

If you remove insurance and pharmacy mark ups, you can buy it (yes, here in the USA) for

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All opinions of Mark Cuban aside, I love his prescription company.

Those of you with elderly folks, it can save them lots of money.
 
2022-08-19 11:45:14 AM  
I've been on Humira and Skyrizi ($18,000 per dose, once per 80 days) for psoriasis.

The cost of these and the desire for my body to not look like the farking crypt keeper have affected every employment decision I've made in the last 22 years.

I farking hate this country.
 
2022-08-19 12:13:31 PM  
How does insulin make that list?... i mean, i know its always in the news and affects lots of people.... but "hundreds of dollars a month", doesn't compare to half a million a year that these other ones are.

Most HIV meds are like 2K for a month, and none were on the list.
 
2022-08-19 12:14:53 PM  

omg bbq: I've been on Humira and Skyrizi ($18,000 per dose, once per 80 days) for psoriasis.

The cost of these and the desire for my body to not look like the farking crypt keeper have affected every employment decision I've made in the last 22 years.

I farking hate this country.


Similar boat with RA. Currently on an infusion for $50k/year -> $250 -> 0 via copay card. And both companies are still making money.
 
2022-08-19 1:54:23 PM  
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Hay guyz what's going on in this thread?
 
2022-08-19 3:46:20 PM  

The Ocho: omg bbq: I've been on Humira and Skyrizi ($18,000 per dose, once per 80 days) for psoriasis.

The cost of these and the desire for my body to not look like the farking crypt keeper have affected every employment decision I've made in the last 22 years.

I farking hate this country.

Similar boat with RA. Currently on an infusion for $50k/year -> $250 -> 0 via copay card. And both companies are still making money.


farking hell let me tell you about that shiat.

I left the offshore world and took a 60% pay cut several years ago. It was actually worth it to not hear republicans wax about their AOC murder-rape fantasies around the galley table but that's another story.

My new copay for humara at the time was $407-ish/mo and holy shiat that's a lot.  I saw on the box a little number that you could call to get on some kind of "copay assistance program".

One five minute phone call later giving them info they did not even bother to verify I went from roughly a car payment per month to five god damn dollars. It was insulting how fast they were cool with brushing away that much money as if it did not matter. I thought I was going to have to show pay stubs, my monthly bills, SOMETHING.

So a couple years later when I got on Skyrizi I didn't even bother trying to pay their also-stupidly-high-copay.  When a company can just casually brush off nearly $5000 in profits a year from someone you know they are making fark-you money on this and the true cost to them is an order of magnitude or two less.
 
2022-08-19 4:18:06 PM  

omg bbq: When a company can just casually brush off nearly $5000 in profits a year from someone you know they are making fark-you money on this and the true cost to them is an order of magnitude or two less.



Oh no. They spend absolutely EVERY LAST PENNY of that on "research & development," I should know because this nice group called Pharma told me so on the radio! They seem trustworthy.

I'm sure none of that money goes for hookers and cocaine. Not one penny.

And if they don't have R&D money, we're ALL GOING TO DIE!
 
2022-08-19 4:24:03 PM  
My wife has Polycystic Kidney Disease.    She take a med called Tolvaptan, it cost ~$15k a week.   But there is a "discount card" so she pays $5.  It is a scam to bilk insurance companies.  Her insurance pays like $8k.

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Like many americans, she is stuck at a job she hates (Teacher).  As if she changed insurance it would be a nightmare to get this approved.  Its also the kind of drug that she cannot stop taking or she would lose kidney function very quickly.
 
2022-08-20 12:59:46 AM  
We should put a stop to this.
 
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