|Originally posted by 86GT3.4DOHC:|
Are you kidding, they probably make it for $0.23 a dose, and sell it for $5. So what they are probably going to do is claim the full retail price as a charitable deduction and actualy end up making money off the deal.
I kind of understand the reasoning behind the pricing of new drugs. They have a limited time to recoupe development, testing, and marketing costs before the drug goes generic and every other company can produce it and profit from their research. Once their monopoly on it ends and generic versions hit the shelves the cost of the drug usually plummets, not always the case but most of the time. WalMart has that $4 prescription thing going but that is not for ALL prescriptions. The one that is being taken care of for me was $140 a month when I was on 6.25mg twice a day, right now they have bumped me up to 12.5mg twice a day (COREG) so I assume it would have been close to or double the $140 a month. Right now, with absolutely no source of income $280 a month was looking pretty depressing and samples from local docs were getting harder and harder to round up.
But I am loosing focus here, basically I do realize that to develop new drugs costs money, and the developer has to somehow pay for that research and testing, so when you say it costs .23 to produce that may be true for the actual manufacturing cost (probably more like .023 per dose) but theres a lot that goes on before it ever gets to the manufacturing step.