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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As the nation struggled with the rising number of opioid deaths, a private drug company increased the price of an overdose antidote more than 600 percent, a Senate subcommittee says in a new report. The increase has cost the federal Medicare and Medicaid health programs more than $142 million since 2014, according the Homeland Security permanent subcommittee on investigations.

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Profit before people, Gahd bless capitalism!
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#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-11-20 03:33 AM | Reply

"you're going to see your prescription drug prices drop"

~ Orange Gladiator

#2 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-11-20 06:48 AM | Reply

I wish this behavior was illegal. The people who sit on the boards of companies like this should have their photos plastered on city walls so people know they are scum.

#3 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-11-20 07:00 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I'm gonna get tough on these drugs companies to lower prices. Right after it stops raining.

- Agolf Twittler

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-11-20 10:22 AM | Reply | Funny: 4

The invisible hand of the marketplace bitch slaps consumers once again
-- The market

#5 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-11-20 11:04 AM | Reply

Huzzah for Capitalism!

All those addicted fools should never have gotten addicted. Serves them right. Right?

Am I doing it right healthcare haters?

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-20 11:08 AM | Reply

When it comes to this, I dont care. There are far bigger problems with Big Pharma than increasing the cost of keeping a junkie alive.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-11-20 11:13 AM | Reply

😂

Good to see I did that right. We all know that addicts are not really human. Let them die and decrease the surplus population.

I think I have it now. Be callous and uncaring and you can be a Conservative, too!

Not sure why anyone wants to turn their backs on the weak and disadvantaged. They are our brothers and sister in distress.

I am certain Jesus would not approve but no one really follows Jesus's teachings anymore. Not in Trumplandia.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-20 11:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I wish this behavior was illegal. The people who sit on the boards of companies like this should have their photos plastered on city walls so people know they are scum.

#3 | Posted by byrdman

Then you need to switch parties. Your party is against government regulation.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-11-20 11:23 AM | Reply

When it comes to this, I dont care.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG

When it comes to anything that doesn't directly affect you, you don't care.

That's what conservatism is all about.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-11-20 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"no one really follows Jesus's teachings anymore."

Sure they do. Just GOP Jesus:
www.youtube.com

#11 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-20 11:24 AM | Reply

This is why Capitalism needs regulation same as a draft horse needs a harness.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2018-11-20 11:54 AM | Reply

"There are far bigger problems with Big Pharma than increasing the cost of keeping a junkie alive."

Many patients who never abused drugs in their lives have become addicted to opioids after major surgeries but F them right Mustang. They were asking for it!

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-20 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sorry, not sorry.
Everyone knows the danger of opioids and pain killers in general.
I have zero sympathy for anyone that gets hooked.

#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2018-11-20 12:12 PM | Reply

Capitalism. Make that money at all cost.

#15 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-11-20 12:27 PM | Reply

I have zero sympathy for anyone that gets hooked.

#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Conservative Compassion.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-20 12:47 PM | Reply

I have zero sympathy for anyone.
#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne

^
Edited for accuracy.

When sociopaths brag about not having sympathy, I think they think that makes them tough guys.

You know how they say you have to love yourself before you can love others?

The best we can hope for people like Chairborne is someone they love dies from opioids.

But I'm guessing, from his attitude, that already happened, and he was powerless to stop it, and his callousness is just the by-product of his bitter impotent rage.

But it's not all bad. A few Oxys will ease that pain, Chairborne!

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-20 12:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I have zero sympathy for anyone that gets hooked.

#14 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Of course not. Sympathy and empathy are higher level brain functions.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-11-20 01:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

A few Oxys will ease that pain, Chairborne!

#17 | Posted by snoofy

Just ask Lush Dimbulb.

But, fortunately for Lushbo he had millions of dollars to get himself un-addicted.

Very few addicts have those kind of resources. So ---- em.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-20 01:36 PM | Reply

When it comes to this, I dont care.
#7 | Posted by MUSTANG
When it comes to anything that doesn't directly affect you, you don't care.
That's what conservatism is all about.
#10 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can do for you.
-GOP Motto

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-11-20 03:59 PM | Reply

Today's GOP:
Lack of empathy isn't a bug; it's a feature!

#21 | Posted by cbob at 2018-11-20 04:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Lack of empathy isn't a bug; it's a feature!

#21 | Posted by cbob

I believe it is how they pick new members.

If you can go on TV "news" and trash some group or another and blame all our problems on them then, baby, you are in! You too can be a Humpy "principle officer".

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-20 05:03 PM | Reply

Check out the Washington Post right now, Donner.
The new acting attorney general "earned" $1.2 million doing nothing for a secretly funded do-nothing "nonprofit" that keeps changing its name and mission. Yes, Mr. Whitaker fits right in.

#23 | Posted by cbob at 2018-11-20 06:40 PM | Reply

I think because of consuming the pills people also can't precisely judge how much is beneficial versus superseding that limit and leaning toward physical addiction.

That said, a physical addiction coupled with mental troubles becomes incredibly complex. Marijuana is the safest tool to get some control, imo.

Pharmaceutical corporations only responsibility is rewarding shareholders. The price appears to be raised because insurance are willing to pay it regardless. They probably also have tendrils in medical coding to ensure a maximum industrial compliance.

#24 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-11-20 08:17 PM | Reply

"The price appears to be raised because insurance are willing to pay it regardless."

Let's break this down:

Most people get their health insurance through work. Their employer handles the negotiation with the insurer, presumably leveraging the size of their population to achieve economies of scale.

Which means we have health insurance being run like a business.

What we have is exactly what the economic illiterate right-wingers can't stop clamoring for.

And it's the worst performing health insurance the world has ever known.

Thanks, Capitalism!

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-11-20 08:28 PM | Reply

"Which means we have health insurance being run like a business."

Unfortunately, one standing on its head:

In a normal business, you try to lure in customers. In health care, you try to keep them out via good education.
In a normal business, you want customers to linger in the store as long as they're spending money. In health care, everyone is working on getting you out the door as soon as possible, because you're spending money.
In a normal business, you want the customer to come back again and again, as a sign of your success. in health care, it's a sign of your failure.
And in a normal business, prices are generally known, and posted everywhere. Health care pricing is a GIGANTIC middle finger to the consumer.

Health care, as a business, is almost the polar opposite of a business. Except for the profit motive, of course. Which is probably why it should be a function of the civilization.

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-20 08:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The CEO of this operation told Leslie Stahl, "We raised prices to increase access".

The miracle of monopoly, in the context of healthcare it becomes criminal like, but in the good ol' USA its still legal.

#27 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-11-20 09:48 PM | Reply

"Check out the Washington Post right now, Donner.
The new acting attorney general "earned" $1.2..."

I saw that. Dark Money is also the "New Normal".

This Presidency is corrupt to core.

#28 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-21 10:31 AM | Reply

"The new acting attorney general "earned" $1.2 million doing nothing for a secretly funded do-nothing "nonprofit" that keeps changing its name and mission. "

Too bad the IRS is woefully underfunded. They should investigate "non-profits" like this.

And wouldn't it be great if donor lists had to be made public? These folks are getting public tax breaks; shouldn't the public be able to see transparency?

#29 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-11-21 10:35 AM | Reply

"The CEO of this operation told Leslie Stahl, "We raised prices to increase access"."

Up is down black is white orange is black wrong is right ICE is hot. Peace is war in is out right is wrong.

Don't believe ANYTHING you read or hear. We are apparently in a parallel Universe.

We have stepped thru the looking glass and we are now in Trumplandia where death is Freedom and suffering serves you right.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We have the biggest turkey ever this year. And I don't think we will pardon him.

#30 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-11-21 10:39 AM | Reply

Cruelty can be very profitable.

MAGA

#31 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-11-21 01:20 PM | Reply

Obama said only 600% ?... that is still a bargain and covered under my legislation. Hope. Change. No Lube for middle America.

#32 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2018-11-21 03:45 PM | Reply

Hopefully no one in your family gets hooked.

Here is a simple thing you may grasp. The human brain has receptors designed to interact with Opioids. A simple example of mutual evolution... Some peoples receptors are more active than others.

Just like that uncle who took a drink and became a souse. I had an uncle who was wounded in combat and spent the rest of his life either using opiates, or alcohol. It isn't a choice.

A little compassion for those who aren't as big, and strong and obviously superior as you are.

#33 | Posted by DMTDust at 2018-11-21 10:44 PM | Reply

A little compassion for those who aren't as big, and strong and obviously superior as you are.

#33 | POSTED BY DMTDUST AT 2018-11-21 10:44 PM | FLAG:

I agree. My mom got hooked on the pain pills dealing with chronic pain associated with osteoporosis. I was able to salvage the last couple years of her life by introducing her to thc. It eased the withdrawal from opiates that, by the way, her doctor was feeding her.

#34 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-11-22 07:06 AM | Reply

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