The Stats About Pharmaceutical Companies

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    RSIxidor
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    Bastards.

    Excelsior
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    You know, these companies aren’t overflowing at the brim with excess cash, else there’d be substantial economic devastation. It all has to be going somewhere.

    DaCheetah
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    In Australia, it’s illegal to advertise prescription medicine, and there’s a generic brand of just about everything. We also have a government funded “Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme” which makes prescription medicines much cheaper. Almost no-one would skip doses to save money here, as long as it’s been properly prescribed, it’s cheap enough to use right.

    nathanj37
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    Weissman’s work could have “potentially” cured ***Type I Diabetes***. Every single one of the billions of pharmaceuticals in their infancy could “potentially” do something really goddamn impressive, but they oftentimes don’t. If it was really diabetes panacea someone in Europe (with state-funded care that needs to drastically cut costs) would have picked it up.

    borandi
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    The markup prices are complete bollocks; patents are there to be able to recoup Research and Development costs then a small profit. Production costs are very low, but research costs are sky high (10 years required for clinical trials, all the chemical researchers, physicians and test subjects in that time, etc.). Like France, in the US, some people will get offensive if they’re not given drugs after seeing the doctor – so the doctors are only too willing to use any health insurance you have for drugs for minor ailments. If they didn’t, they get rap from their bosses for… Read more »

    fracked again
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    Fucking right on.

    DMYTRIW WDS
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    I never thought pharmaceutical companies were evil until they created a drug that lets old people fuck. That’s just gross.

    fracked again
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    Praise Nurgle!

    fracked again
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    The Weissman thing at the bottom doesn’t sound right. He had a mouse model where he could cure type 1 diabetes with adult stem cells and he went to pharma for money? You don’t do that. Its the wrong place to ask for money for non drug research. You send that kind of grant to the NIH or something like that. They might have been afraid to touch it because it said stem cells, but thats a different story. Some friends in evolution research talk about having to leave out certain words from their grant apps to keep fundies from… Read more »

    wyattdonnelly
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    wyattdonnelly

    This graphic is stupid and one sided. While there are many things wrong with it I will just point out one. How is comparing the selling price to the cost of the active pharmaceutical ingredient relevant in any way? Has anyone ever taken just the API? No, because it’s not possible. Pills and packaging cost way more money then the API does. Even so, it still makes up only a small portion of the selling price, because pharma companies have to not only make up the RD cost of the drugs that make it, they also have to make up… Read more »

    fracked again
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    The smallest dose of xanax available is .25 mg. Thats a speck of dust. Without the fillers, you couldn’t take it.

    gx5000
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    We all know that cures are banished to create treatments.
    I’ll never forget the researchers that were working on cancer and used HPV cells. They released a report that announced a very promising anti cancer treatment, since the HPV cells were completely nullified. only THEN did they realize their mistake in announcing that the most common STD had a cure. Three years later we have no treatment yet, but we have a prevention shot. nice.

    nathanj37
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    You do realize that vaccines are infinitely more effective than treatments in the long run, right? Just checking.

    Cosmicstu
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    Cosmicstu

    I know it’s fun to hate on big business, but this infographic is just plain full of shit and biased in a way that shows that the author doesn’t know anything about how drug companies do research.

    Also, behind every prescription drug purchase is an experienced doctor, so why isn’t this about how doctors are soooo evil. Oh yeah, because they aren’t.

    Tough competition in the marketplace can be cause for some abuses, but if you don’t like the way drug companies behave in USA, then blame the corrupt federal government for allowing them to be like that.



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