Thursday, February 28, 2013

Inside medicine : High drug costs

We have a problem that no one seems willing to discuss. The costs of medications are going through the roof.

Take for example cancer medicines. Let's say we want to treat metastatic melanoma – a skin cancer.

The cost of medication alone is $120,000 for four treatments, which might extend life a few months.

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Dr. Wilkes asks the crucial question, "How much are we willing to pay for an extra month or two of life?"

If insurance/Medicare/Medicaid is willing to pay $120,000 to keep a cancer patient alive for a few months, then why would they not be willing to pay $20,000 a year to get a CFS patient back to work with Ampligen?  This has been one of the concerns rumored around about why FDA won't approve Ampligen -- because insurance companies don't want to pay the high price for it.  As long as it's considered "experimental", they don't have to.


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