Sources: House Energy & Commerce Committee, FDA [press release], Reuters, Gilead
quote: I completely disagree. I agree there is a lot of red tape and rules for pharmaceutical companies but it is for the safety of the people.
quote: Prices aren't cheap in Egypt because of capitalism. It is because people there could never afford what they charge Americans.
quote: Government imposing safety requirements is absolutely a form of socialism. I'm not saying it is necisarily a bad thing, but it is certainly not a capitalist thing.
quote: With that in mind, my own country helped make penicillin compatible for human use, even with our universal health care. :PWe also invented the pacemaker, bionic ear, ultra sounds, flu vaccine etc'.Which ain't to bad for a nation with less than 8% of the US's population.
quote: No it would mean these companies stop developing these drugs
quote: It's actually illegal for Americans to engaged in so-called "drug reimportation" by purchasing prescription drugs at cheaper rates in Canada.
quote: To Gilead, it's doing nothing wrong asking so much. It reminds its critics of the $11B USD it paid for Sofosbuvir and the literally billions spent on clinical trials to win FDA approval.
quote: I don't want my health insurance costs to skyrocket just because someone who lived a risky lifestyle is passing their exorbitant medical bills onto me.
quote: if you get Hep C it's your problem. You come up with the $80k. I don't want my health insurance costs to skyrocket just because someone who lived a risky lifestyle is passing their exorbitant medical bills onto me.
quote: But even with the complex Ledipasvir, it likely costs under $10 USD to produce a week's dose. In that regard the U.S.'s "discount" may be going from a hundred-fold markup to a roughly ten-fold markup -- still enough to anger many.