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There are 6 comments on POV: US Drug Companies Failing to Offer Affordable Drugs

  1. “Republicans who spend an inordinate amount of time threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) believe that the free market, not regulation, will tame health care prices. ”


    But even more inadequate is the failure of your article to admonish democrats for allowing the pharmacy industry to runaway with their greedy drug prices. The ACA COULD HAVE included regulations for drug prices, but it did not. That is fully the fault of the democrats and has nothing to do with the republicans. Stop pushing an agenda that is obviously biased.

    1. Julie, you claimed “Republicans who spend an inordinate amount of time threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) believe that the free market, not regulation, will tame health care prices. ”
      was a ‘FALSE STATEMENT’

      Ad then gave not a single proof (or even a theory) why any part of that statement was false.

      Saying something is so does not make it so. (This is known a logical fallacy know as “Argument by assertion” or “Proof by Assertion.”

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      In the last few years Republicans have “spend an inordinate amount of time threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)” and indeed have had many, many votes in the House of Representatives.

      For decades, the republican party has touted “free market, not regulation.”

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      It may help your world view to blame all problems on democrats, but in the real world it takes more than saying something is false, for it to actually be false. No amount of claiming something is true makes it true.

    2. Nice job of eradicating errors, Nathan. Let’s also recall that in 2003 the Republican-controlled Congress, with the strong support of then-Pres. Bush, rammed thru the Prescription Drug Act. This act has been roundly condemned as a giveaway to pharmaceutical companies. Please factor that into your calculations, Julie.

  2. It is entirely incorrect to refer to new drugs as ‘commodities’ (para. 7). They are the result of a decade or more of insightful hard work, bringing a wish to reality. I agree with the frustration and much of what is said, but do not insult those of us with whole careers in the R&D side of this industry by comparing our efforts to that of manufacturing yet another automobile. These drugs for difficult diseases were developed because there is a desire and a reward offered. Is the pricing frustrating? Absolutely. Is blind and blanket control, as in those countries that contribute nothing new to the pharmacopeia, the correct solution? Only if you want the rapid progress to stop. Please offer a more realistic dialog and solution.

    1. Such drugs are commodities. Anything that can be bought & sold is a commodity, though there are different kinds & for many, that should not the primary designation. Nevertheless, they are commodities ….

  3. A better answer to your “why are drugs so exorbitantly priced and can anything be done to make them more affordable?” question would be because the government allows it. Take, for example, insulin. Many individuals in the US can’t afford insulin after the price of a vial increased to a shocking 285$. Americans spend more on prescription drugs than anywhere else in the world, but why? It all comes down to the process by which prescription drugs are sold to patients. in roughly all developed nations besides the US, the government negotiates the prices of their drugs, which allows its citizens to get them at a cheaper rate (a much cheaper rate). When looking at the US, prescription drugs are sold directly to the consumer through their health insurance without the government’s interference. Thus, they can make them as expensive as they want. No laws are stopping them. Meaning, the only way to solve this problem is by deconstructing the US health care system and rebuilding it from scratch.

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