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(19,264 posts)
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:24 PM Sep 2015

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight

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Source: New York Times

Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.

The drug, called Daraprim, was acquired in August by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up run by a former hedge fund manager. Turing immediately raised the price to $750 a tablet from $13.50, bringing the annual cost of treatment for some patients to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“What is it that they are doing differently that has led to this dramatic increase?” said Dr. Judith Aberg, the chief of the division of infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She said the price increase could force hospitals to use “alternative therapies that may not have the same efficacy.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html?partner=msft_msn&_r=1

Wow. I had no idea this is happening. Then again it isn't surprising. It is mostly nich medicines which end up below the radar. Not exactly sure how the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals sleeps at night

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight (Original Post) Statistical Sep 2015 OP
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention NowSam Sep 2015 #1
This excerpt from Turing's website... Plucketeer Sep 2015 #2
The article reported show the cost per pill Statistical Sep 2015 #4
This message was self-deleted by its author Statistical Sep 2015 #3
Unrestricted Capitalism. It's the American way. Shadowflash Sep 2015 #5
Locking thread. TexasTowelie Sep 2015 #6
gmta uppityperson Sep 2015 #7


(1,252 posts)
1. It is said that necessity is the mother of invention
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:27 PM
Sep 2015

And because of this greed - this incredible greed - the necessity exists for a new treatment. I pray that one is found quickly so this greedy S.O.B. can go right out of business.



(12,882 posts)
2. This excerpt from Turing's website...
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:38 PM
Sep 2015

"There also have been misleading reports about Daraprim’s cost. The pricing that has been reported is based on 52 weeks of treatment, a duration that is highly unlikely to occur. The median administration for Daraprim therapy is six and 12 weeks, respectively, for toxoplasmosis associated with the acute and suppressive phases for HIV, immune-compromised and other non-retinitis or non-congenital toxoplasmosis patients only. This represents the vast majority of all toxoplasmosis cases."


(19,264 posts)
4. The article reported show the cost per pill
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:44 PM
Sep 2015

Other articles reporting an estimated total treatment cost may (I have no idea) be incorrect but this article reports the per pill cost. So regardless of it is 14 pills or 365 pills they have raised their price from $13.50 a pill to $750 a pill. Right?

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(1,536 posts)
5. Unrestricted Capitalism. It's the American way.
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:47 PM
Sep 2015

'Merica! Fuck yeah!


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6. Locking thread.
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:50 PM
Sep 2015

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7. gmta
Mon Sep 21, 2015, 03:51 PM
Sep 2015
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