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Friday, May 17, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., didn't hold back Thursday in questioning the chief executive of the company that makes Truvada about the high cost of the drug used to prevent HIV with pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.

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Truvada is a mix of two drugs.

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I have to laugh because the first drug was developed, demonstrated to have anti-HIV activity and was patented in the Czech Republic.

This is a prime example of people being too extreme for their own good. The partnership between academic science and industry is an extremely lucrative one for the world at large.

The system certainly needs to be changed but the issue isn't a relationship between academia and industry. It's the milking of our f---ed up insurance/medical system by pharma to please investors who could give two s---s about patients.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2019-05-18 02:36 AM | Reply

And much of what happens at NIH is government funded research on pharmaceuticals.

Big Pharma claims to spend large on research, but the truth is much slicker than that.

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 04:12 AM | Reply

It's the milking of our f---ed up insurance/medical system by pharma to please investors who could give two s---s about patients.

TRUE but to change it would take decades... BUT the other side of the coin is...

1) We allow Big Pharma to spend 100's of millions of dollars in commercials. We are now the ONLY country on the planet to do so.

2) We are the only country in the planet that does NOT have prices controls for drugs...

2A) ummmm CORRECTION... the Department of Defense has a list of controlled prices for drugs for use for Military personnel and dependents under Tri-care.

Both these laws could be changed in ONE afternoon. Trump has signaled he would not veto both these laws. So congress has a solution that can reduces prices and can be fast tracked and implemented within a month.

So you can imagine, the drug lobby is working some serious overtime...

So far nobody is saying anything due to the big campaign money Big Pharma is throwing around...

#3 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-05-18 10:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#3 This is something the left and right could agree on.
But, how do you stop drug ads when money is speech?

Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices will help with prices

So will allowing importation of drugs by consumers from approved pharmacies. Amazon could implement a pharmacy service that would save patients billions.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2019-05-18 11:11 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

--Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices will help with prices

So will allowing importation of drugs by consumers from approved pharmacies. Amazon could implement a pharmacy service that would save patients billions."

So why aren't House democrats passing a bill to do that? Are they afraid Trump would sign it and get credit?.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-05-18 11:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices will help with prices

#4 BORED

Recall that Republicans made it illegal in the 2000's when they enacted Part D? At the time, I shook my head at the stupidity/greediness of that move. The largest purchaser of pharmaceuticals in the world can't negotiate prices. And right on cue, Republicans began to whine about escalating Medicare costs (and spiraling debt thanks to their tax cuts) as soon as they lost the WH.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-05-18 01:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

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