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Monday, 29 April 2013

The real cancer killer: rip-off prices for drugs !

An influential group of cancer experts has warned that the high prices charged by pharmaceutical companies for cancer drugs are effectively condemning patients to death.The group of more than 100 leading cancer physicians from around the world, including nine from the UK, accuse the drug industry of “profiteering” – making a profit by unethical methods such as by raising the cost of grain after a natural disaster. Of the 12 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the US in 2012, 11 were priced above $100,000 (£65,000) per patient per year. In addition the price of existing drugs of proven effectiveness has been increased by up to threefold. The specialists say: “What determines a morally justifiable ‘just price’ for a cancer drug? A reasonable drug price  should maintain healthy pharmaceutical industry profits without being viewed as ‘profiteering’.

One of the best known – imatinib, whose brand name is Glivec – has proved so successful in chronic myeloid leukaemia that patients who a decade ago survived for a few years can now look forward to a near-normal life expectancy.

But the cost of Glivec has risen from £18,000 per patient per year to around £21,000 in the UK, and from $30,000 to $92,000 in the US. This is despite the fact that all research costs were covered by the original price, and the number of patients treated and the length of time they are on the drug have both vastly increased because of the drug’s success.

More on this story here.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately we live with far too much greed in this world and it is always those less fortunate who pay the price. Greed is growing far more than it did before in my opinion but how we stop it I don't know.

Paul B

tess said...

ain't THAT the truth!

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes THAT is the truth!

Hi Tess
Costs around the world have all risen but it would appear the States may have seen the biggest increase from $30,000 to $92,000. If all research costs are covered by the original price then this sort of 'profiteering' is wrong.

And Paul B
Some out there are more greedy than ever, whilst the ordinary folk are getting poorer by the day. Where will it all end? Only time will tell!

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

It is always the ordinary folk who have to pay the price. We are fortunate here in the UK diabetics do not have to pay prescription charges, but a family member needed to recently and for one set of drugs it cost almost £8-00. You pay into the state system and pay again, as a lot do. I suppose we are more fortunate than some and although far from perfect we do still have an NHS service , sort of.