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Omar Wani

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Life saving drugs are often equated with life taking prices - owed to R&D, innovation, patenting etc. Can they be made more accessible?

Drugs for AIDS, Cancer, all life threatening diseases, are exorbitantly priced. Will this change?

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    Jan 11 2013: Omar, I am not in the medical field and offer this as advice only. I read a lot. I spent some time on medicines. The articles I found most interesting was what the active ingrediants are.

    An example: If you buy asperine ... buy Bayer / St Joseph / ect and you pay a bunch for the name. If you pay (sample) $2.00 for 20 asperine (brand name) you could for $2.00 buy 100 APC generic asperines. The active ingredant is the same. Article also taught me that either a asperine is buffered or not there are not degrees of buffering.

    I always talk to my pharmacist. If a generic contains the same active ingredient then why pay the big bucks.

    However, there are some medicines that demand the real thing ... If that is the case then as you say you are over the barrel and either pay up or not.

    However, not all is lost. Some companies advertise that if you cannot afford the medicine certain arrangements can be made. Go to the web site and read all the info.

    The key here is to not buy the talk ... ask questions ... do research ... take charge of your life.

    I wish you well. Bob.
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    Jan 7 2013: Not for as long as money is god
  • Jan 6 2013: "Life saving drugs are often equated with life taking prices - owed to R&D, innovation, patenting etc. Can they be made more accessible?"

    It's possible that forcing pharmaceutical companies (and/or having public labs do the work) to invest more resources into research that makes existing medicines cheaper instead of developing new medicines will make existing medicines so much cheaper that more money can go towards buying expensive medicines. In a normal market companies wouldn't have to be told to do this but medicines are not a normal market: even without government intervention people will always have infinite demand for medicines no matter how high the cost: people will sell their house to buy medicine so it's highly profitable to engage in the development of new, patentable medicines that offer little improvement for their price, more profitable than to engage in a price war on existing medicines.
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    Jan 6 2013: as soon as we stop regulating them