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Monday, April 17, 2017

Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies calling for "celebration" over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed. Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in 2014. ... In a confidential email published by The Times, an Aspen employee appeared to write: "We've signed new reimbursement and price agreement successfully: price increases are basically on line with European target prices (Leukeran, a bit higher!) ... Let's celebrate!"

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After purchasing five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company tried to sell the medicines in Europe for up to 40 times their previous price, reported The Times.

In 2013, the price of one pack of a generic chemotherapy drug called busulfan, used to treat leukaemia, rose from £5.20 to £65.22 in England and Wales ($6.54 to $82.09), according to the newspaper.

The other four drugs, including Leukeran, also used by leukaemia patients, and melphalan (trade name Alkeran), for skin and ovarian cancers, also became up to four times more expensive.

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Just job creators exercising their property rights.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2017-04-15 08:55 PM | Reply

Drug dealers holding the sick hostage.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-04-17 10:36 AM | Reply

They are in business to make money. Just like everyone else.

#3 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2017-04-17 04:09 PM | Reply

They are in business to make money. Just like everyone else.

#3 | POSTED BY BOGEY1355

If you can't see why this is sick and f---ed up you're just as sick and f---ed up.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2017-04-17 11:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Actually, people used to go into business to make a living and possibly help others (especially your family) by providing employment. This modern American idea that the only purpose of a business is to squeeze out every dollar you can no matter what the cost to others is obscene.

#5 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-17 11:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Aren't Spain and the UK nationalized medical systems?

I thought they were supposed to be smarter than that. Guess not.

#6 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-04-18 02:12 AM | Reply

fascist chipping away at socialized HC.

#7 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-04-18 03:41 AM | Reply

"They are in business to make money. Just like everyone else"

NO they are not. They are heavily subsidized by govenments, they make medication largely created by government research and which lives are dependent. They are blood suckers. They are modern day Vampires. They suck the life out of anyone who can't afford to pay.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-18 07:51 AM | Reply

Remember. Jonas Salk didn't patent the polio vaccine. He was actually more interested in saving lives than making money.
Folks would laugh at him today.

#9 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-04-18 08:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

I think if these folks could step outside themselves and objectively see that behavior then they would change their tune.

Good luck with that....they are wrapped up in it and can't see the other side. They must believe the price increase is all about insurance and someone else's money...and not really someone else's life. They just believe they provide this wonderful drug and that makes them heroes.....not vultures.

#10 | Posted by eberly at 2017-04-18 08:51 AM | Reply

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"Remember. Jonas Salk didn't patent the polio vaccine. He was actually more interested in saving lives than making money.
Folks would laugh at him today."

Sorry I could only give you a NEWSWORTHY, that post deserved much more.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-18 09:32 AM | Reply

Government regulations limit competition so monopolies raise prices. This is what you get when you ask for more government.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-18 10:30 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

Aren't Spain and the UK nationalized medical systems?
I thought they were supposed to be smarter than that. Guess not.

#6 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL

You have to be one of the stupidest posters I've ever seen. It's breathtaking. Good work.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-18 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

They are in business to make money. Just like everyone else.

#3 | POSTED BY BOGEY1355

Exactly. So maybe they shouldn't be.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-18 10:43 AM | Reply

Everyone should work for free for the good of all. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. You gotta be trolling Sycophant.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-18 11:01 AM | Reply

Government regulations limit competition so monopolies raise prices. This is what you get when you ask for more government.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-18 10:30

Everyone should work for free for the good of all. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. You gotta be trolling Sycophant.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-18 1

nice work.....something of substance to notice.....NO ONE FROM THE LEFT has come close to using a name....a democrat...on an topic of big pharma...course a couple may NOW....

Cory Booker of New Jersey...

#16 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-04-18 04:11 PM | Reply

LACK of government regulations allows monopolies to exist (We used to break them up) and then allows them to raise prices without consequence (We used to penalize price gouging)

We need Better regulations. Not necesarily more or less but better.

Deregulation is fine if the regulations are in fact causing problems but the republicans like to take a regulation that fixes 70% of a problem and use the 30% it doesn't fix as an excuse to get rid of it and then act surprised when 0% is fixed.

#17 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-18 05:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

In the pharmaceutical area our regulations encourage and maintain monopolies instead breaking them up. I have a complete lack of faith in our ruling class so I generally vote for less government.

#18 | Posted by visitor_ at 2017-04-18 05:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I generally vote for a dumber government.
#18 | POSTED BY VISITOR_ AT 2017-04-18 05:52 PM | FLAG: Republican voter

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-04-18 05:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans and Democrats both have a role in creating this mess. I do agree with Visitor on this - current regulations encourage monopolies in big pharma. I have to believe that was their intent. This is what you get when special interests actually right the laws and our government puts their rubber stamps on them.

So lets take a look at a few things...

#1 Government funded research is way down. This is a big problem. If you look around the world government funded research is what helps fix problems like this. Not only do I think we need more of it and need to drive it back to Universities we need to get creative in how we license and the acceptable levels of profits anything developed as a result of Government research.

#2 Make it easier for direct competition to produce the same drug. Why is Insulin pricing out of control? Because of the lack of generics. Why is that out of control? Manipulation by big pharma and the difficulty in obtaining FDA approval. This needs to be simplified and some of the barriers that companies can erect today need to be eliminated. Medication is 100% in the interest of the public.

#3 Overall limit profits and be thorough about it. Give the FDA/IRS or whoever power to make determinations of what may amount to obfuscated profit taking schemes and seize them. I am opposed to Guilty until proven innocent but in the case of corporations it applies.

I can go on and get quite detailed on this as I have given it a lot of thought and done more than a little research.

#20 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-04-18 07:35 PM | Reply

Everyone should work for free for the good of all. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. You gotta be trolling Sycophant.

#15 | Posted by visitor_

There is a big difference between compensation and profit. One is paid for actually doing where the other is paid for merely owning. If, for example, the government owned them (I'm not advocating that) the scientists and doctors would still get paid, there just wouldn't be all those coupon-clipping shareholders and $multimillion executives waiting in line for their money. Government invests in things all the time without doing it for profit. The people who do the work still get paid.

#21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-18 10:01 PM | Reply

Aren't Spain and the UK nationalized medical systems?
I thought they were supposed to be smarter than that. Guess not.
#6 | POSTED BY WHITEDEVIL
You have to be one of the stupidest posters I've ever seen. It's breathtaking. Good work.

#13 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2017-04-18 10:43 AM | REPLY | NEWSWORTHY 1

I was being sarcastic. I know nationalized healthcare is run by morons, and supported by morons. Like yourself.

"It should be FREE! ". LMAO. It is! So why are they bitching about it in the UK?

#22 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-04-19 12:56 AM | Reply

Everyone should work for free for the good of all. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. You gotta be trolling Sycophant.

#15 | POSTED BY VISITOR_

Is that what I said? No...

But the idea that for profit companies are controlling the drug supply is an issue. What good is the perfect drug if no one can afford it?

People like you are the problem. People like you have always been the problem. People like you will always be the problem.

#23 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-04-19 01:51 PM | Reply

There is a big difference between compensation and profit. One is paid for actually doing where the other is paid for merely owning. Government invests in things all the time without doing it for profit. The people who do the work still get paid. - #21 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-18 10:01 PM
In your scenario, who does own without expecting a profit? Who takes the risk? When the inevitable loss occurs, where does that money come from?

#24 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-04-19 02:11 PM | Reply

Who does take the risk?

Usually the people with the most risk exposure are NOT the ones taking the profits. That is how Trump operates. He never risks anything. He managed to rake in millions while bankrupting 4 casinos. Even when he fails he gets paid. Someone else ends up holding the bag. Thats why he loves deregulation. Regulations are not things made up by politicians who want to make it harder to do business. They are a response to bad behavior by businesses. If businesses behaved with integrity we wouldnt need to regulate them but time and time again our corporations have proven that if they can make an extra nickel by doing something they will regardless of how much it hurts other people unless a regulation prohibits it. We have regulations that require guards on machinery because without the regulation there were no guards and businesses were ok with maiming a few workers on a regular basis. We have polution regulations because without them Businesses created hell on earth in some places rather than spend a little money cleaning up their own mess.

Why do republicans act surprised when deregulation invariably leads to the prohibited behavior becoming the normal mode of operation?

#25 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-19 05:51 PM | Reply

Why do republicans act surprised when deregulation invariably leads to the prohibited behavior becoming the normal mode of operation?

#25 | Posted by hatter5183

It's as if they don't understand why regulations exist in the first place: because the public demanded them. Or don't they care what "The American People" they're always claiming to speak for want?

And as for #24, there are a lot of non-profits (like hospitals used to be) who own without expecting profit. So does the government. The mission of government is to provide services, not make a profit. That's why government shouldn't be run like a business; completely different missions.

#26 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-20 10:09 AM | Reply

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