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Edaravone is a drug for treating ALS (e.g. Hawking's condition) priced at $145,000 in the U.S., and $35,000 in Japan. As economic pressure intensifies, Chinese synth shops become a black-market alternative to the official system of predatory drug IP laws.
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ice9 28 Nov 17
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Meanwhile also hawking various nootropics du jour. Confirmed for cyberpunk timeline.
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ice9 28 Nov 17
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Perhaps governments should simply fund drug research directly themselves and release all of the information obtained openly to the public and generic drug manufacturers. Medical knowledge is a public good.
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ice9 28 Nov 17
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This would also resolve some of the perverse disincentives against funding for trials of existing off-patent remedies and traditional medicinal compounds, which are typically not patentable and therefore tend to be underemphasized by the current system.
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🅱️🅰️ 28 Nov 17
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Regulatory agencies play an outsized role in the pricing, too. Take armodafinil, for example.. it costs like ~$1,000 per bottle in the US depending on the dosage. I checked a while back and only one company is allowed to manufacture it- other companies had applied to do so, too
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ice9 28 Nov 17
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Meanwhile, high-quality examples are available from India, but blocked from wider use by lack of FDA approval for the imports.
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Zero 28 Nov 17
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Usually for off patent drugs like these India is the preferred source, they make the stuff legally but it can't be sold here cause the FDA insists on a hundred million or so in regulatory compliance.
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ice9 28 Nov 17
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Screencapped in case of disappearance
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ice9 28 Nov 17
The FDA has become a corrupt and protectionist agency, owned indirectly by those it purports to regulate.
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🅱️🅰️ 28 Nov 17
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Well the US is the most profitable market for Pharma, after all 🙃
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