Politicians have heaped fire and brimstone upon pharmaceutical companies for increasing the price of their products, some of which were approved decades ago. But far less ire has been directed at price tags on newly approved treatments — many of which continue to rise.

New cancer drugs cost about 17 times more than they did 40 years ago, according to Kaiser Health News, and a drug for spinal muscular atrophy approved in 2016 is one of the most expensive products on the market, the Boston Globe reported.

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    • What comment are you alleging that we blocked? The only one in our system by bpmanzoli – other than this one – is the comment you posted a minute earlier (“perhaps there is a cure for cancer and the legal drug cartels are just playing it to make as much money as they can of course legally”), which is live on the site.

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  • perhaps there is a cure for cancer and the legal drug cartels are just playing it to make as much money as they can of course legally

  • It is no secret that there are revolving doors from the big pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. It is time to legalize all drugs, and I mean all, move all drugs to over the counter status. Allow for a commercial, more than one, pharmaceutical police force to do their own testing on any and all medications, and then tell the world the truth about side effects, good points and bad points. There are three kinds of Physicians, see study,
    1. Coasters 50%, these doctors study in college and in post grad and get all the knowledge they can, and then they coast until retirement, practicing health care that they learned in those first 10 years, never to learn much new info after.
    2. Boxers 35%, boxers read their 6 journals that are sent to their door, and they keep up to date with their speciality, their collegues and pat each other on the back, and they perpetuate the myth that their society authorities preach.
    3. SEEKERS 15%, These are physicians that cannot get enough information, they want to learn cures, they want the best for their patients, they read journals from across the world, they keep up, they read BIO MED CENTRAL, and they do their own patient research, they want to know their own patient outcomes.

    The Coasters and The Boxers do all they can to down play the seekers, for the Seekers are finding cures and doing great for the patients.

    For example, 2years ago ROSACEA was found to have a cure, Ivermectin, it was discovered in Kenya and India nearly the same time. Many papers have been written, yet, in the U.S. it is the rare dermatologist that knows about it, why, because it was discovered out of the US, not made here, and the US Boxer Journals will not print an article on it, “To Hell with the patients that need cures” Say the Coasters and Boxers.

    • in all careers 15-20% carry the rest. However in medicine like in politics there is a great deal of corruption.

    • I prefer the following:
      1) the top 15% in their class (seekers) make the best academics.

      2) the middle 65% class rank make the best clinicians, who dropped their NEJM subscriptions cause mostly information for the above 15%.

      3) the bottom 20% class rank make THE MOST MONEY, catching up on throwaway journals while in the loo.

      Remember the old joke about what do they call the guy who finishes dead last in medical school rank: DOCTOR!!!

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