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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Rebecca Hovde was stunned to learn the vital medication she had received for free could soon cost $375,000 per year. Hovde, who lives in the eastern Iowa town of Wellman, has a rare autoimmune disease that causes extreme fatigue and weakness. The condition, Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome, interferes with messages that nerves send to muscles. For the past two years, Hovde controlled her condition with pills she received for free from a New Jersey company, Jacobus Pharmaceuticals. The company decided years ago to give the medication away to hundreds of patients rather than undertake expensive clinical trials to have it approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Welcome to Trumpcare!

His slogan. Just die already!

#1 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-07 12:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

She should be thankful for the $750,000 she has saved for the last two years!

Sincerely,

Pharma CEO's

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-02-07 06:59 AM | Reply

What to the pro-life advocates have to say about this? If you are pro-life but you aren't also pro-healthcare for every American, then you aren't pro-life; you are merely anti-abortion.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-02-07 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

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I agree. Any meaningful pro-life platform has to include advocacy for access to healthcare.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2019-02-07 10:02 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I think they should be able to charge whatever they want for the list price, but have to give affordable sliding scale discounts based on the income and assets of the patient in order to receive FDA approval.

#5 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-02-07 10:29 AM | Reply

Here is the list of management:

catalystpharma.com

I hope these folks choke to death on the money they are trying to make from suffering people. There is just nothing decent about human beings like this.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 10:45 AM | Reply

#6 I hope the politicians, and folks that vote for them, that allow corporations like these to profit from human suffering choke to death as well.

#7 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-02-07 10:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What to the pro-life advocates have to say about this? If you are pro-life but you aren't also pro-healthcare for every American, then you aren't pro-life; you are merely anti-abortion.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

No they're anti sex. People with massive issues around their unhappy sex lives dont want others having sex for fun.

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-07 11:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Sentinel, sounds like you advocate a socialist/communist approach. Let the government regulate the final consumer price. I'm impressed

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-02-07 11:09 AM | Reply

I think they should be able to charge whatever they want for the list price

#5 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Then how about they pony up the entire cost of research and development?

I mean, that's a pretty sweet deal they got, right?

The public pays for all of the R&D, then they charge the people who have already paid for everything $375,000.00 USD a year until they die.

It's almost like free money, right?

It's like that because that's actually what it is..

#10 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-02-07 11:16 AM | Reply

"II think they should be able to charge whatever they want for the list price"

No you don't. You're just a troll trying to gain attention. You don't really have any core beliefs. You're just a Russian bot.
No thoughts, no feelings, no ideas, no beliefs.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 11:29 AM | Reply

"Sentinel, sounds like you advocate a socialist/communist approach. Let the government regulate the final consumer price. I'm impressed"

Whenever I've taken the political compass quiz, I've always come up just slightly to the left of center on the economic axis. Which I guess still makes me a relative right winger compared to a lot of people here.

#12 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-02-07 11:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2019-02-07 11:29 AM

I thought Violent Danni said she had kill-filed me? Or maybe she has a different concept of what a 'kill' file is. Should I be worried?

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-02-07 11:38 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Appealing to the altruistic nature of drug company executives to hold the line on price increases is not going to work. Perhaps a confiscatory tax (i.e. 90% +) on monies earned from excessive year-to-year price increases might do the trick. Monies earned through such a scheme could then be used to offset drug price increases.

#14 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-02-07 11:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Perhaps just new regulations similar to our Public Service Commission here in Florida which has to sign off on any price increases by our electric utilities. A similar body should have to sign off on any price increases to drug prices.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-07 12:00 PM | Reply

soooo much winning

#16 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-07 02:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

soooo much winning

#17 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-02-07 02:37 PM | Reply

Soooo much dying💀

Soooo much dying 💀

Better to decrease the surplus populations. 😵

Makes Life easier for the rest of us. 😊

Trump/Thanos 2020!!👹

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-02-07 03:41 PM | Reply

Capitalism

#19 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-02-07 08:34 PM | Reply

"Capitalism"

Capitalism is a great system for making cars and producing wealth. It should not be part of your healthcare system. Saving lives should be the goal of our healthcare system not shareholders profits.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 08:32 AM | Reply

And gasoline could cost $50 a gal.

#21 | Posted by Sniper at 2019-02-08 10:56 AM | Reply

Stories like this come out every single day. Does it not strike even Republicans that our health insurance system is fundamentally flawed and that it requires a major overhaul? What are their ideas to fix this?

#22 | Posted by JOE at 2019-02-08 11:04 AM | Reply

"... most patients would be expected to only face a $10 co-pay for the medication, once their insurers covered the rest...more patients would be able to use the new drug than managed to obtain the old one for free.
Hovde's health-insurer, Medica, said that as an FDA-approved drug, Firdapse should be eligible for coverage...But Medica is unhappy about the situation, its spokesman said."

Her monthly rate is going to go from $0 to $10 (~), more people will have access to the life-saving medication (+), and the insurance company will actually spend money to cover the drug(+) and that makes them unhappy(+). The down-side being that the cost for society will go up(-). The cost to society being that which we all accept to make sure these people who need this expensive medication have access to it. Looks like the positives outweigh the negatives.

#23 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-08 11:43 AM | Reply

Her monthly rate is going to go from $0 to $10 (~), more people will have access to the life-saving medication (+), and the insurance company will actually spend money to cover the drug(+) and that makes them unhappy(+). The down-side being that the cost for society will go up(-). The cost to society being that which we all accept to make sure these people who need this expensive medication have access to it. Looks like the positives outweigh the negatives.

#23 | POSTED BY AVIGDORE AT 2019-02-08 11:43 AM | REPLY

Her monthly copay rate is goint to go from $0 to $10 but the insurance company will still get it's $375,000. They will merely raise the premiums for EVERYONE.

#24 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-02-08 01:28 PM | Reply

@#24 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-02-08 01:28 PM
Which I addressed in my #23 and you directly quoted..."The down-side being that the cost for society will go up(-). " I then even responded about that extra cost to society.
Did you even read what you were replying to?

#25 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-02-08 01:36 PM | Reply

Rising rates of bullying is cost to society. This is not a cost to sociery. It is a cost to my wallet.

Funny how you oppose having everyone pay $133 to send every high school graduate to college but you are ok with having everyone pay to let a company make huge profits while providing benefits to a very few

#26 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2019-02-08 08:54 PM | Reply

I think they should be able to charge whatever they want for the list price, but have to give affordable sliding scale discounts based on the income and assets of the patient in order to receive FDA approval.

#5 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2019-02-07 10:29 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

So they still take all your money and you can never do anything to get out of poverty.

The pig slop trough where you get your ideas is fetid.

#27 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-02-08 11:10 PM | Reply

Once you look at it through the lens of the world would be better if certain groups of people simply died off, and government policies can help with that, it's a lot easier to understand how it makes sense to Sentinel.

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-02-08 11:13 PM | Reply

clueless avig does not recognize that there is no connection whatsoever between the cost of producing the drug, including testing, which this patient has been subjected to by the drug company, and the drug company's declared new market price. Pay or die. FY.

#29 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-02-09 09:52 AM | Reply

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