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Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:03 AM

U.S. drugmakers institute new round of increases

Early July is typically one of the two times each calendar year that U.S. drugmakers hike prices. Yesterday, on cue, many appeared to do just that.

B. Braun raised the price of its Isolyte saline solution by more than 100% to almost $6/package. Saline solutions, used to rehydrate patients and dilute medicines before administration, have been in short supply in the past few years.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK +0.1%) raised the price of ovarian cancer med Zejula (niraparib), acquired in Tesaro merger, by 5% to $6,913 for a 30-day supply.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals (AMRX -1.3%) hiked the price of thyroid med Unithroid by ~10%.

According to Rx Savings Solutions, 20 companies raised prices on over 40 products by an average of 13.1%, both higher than July of last year when 16 firms boosted prices by an average of 7.8%.

Many pharmaceutical makers have pledged to restrict increases to less than 10% per annum. During Q1, list prices for U.S. branded drugs rose 3.3% versus 6.3% a year ago per SSR Health LLC.

Some observers believe that many companies may raise prices later this year when there is less attention on the issue.

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3475290-u-s-drugmakers-institute-new-round-increases?dr=1#email_link

I hope whoever the nominee is, he/she directly and strongly addresses this critical issue that means life or death to some Americans. Even a 10% increase is almost 5 times the inflation rate, and many times more than any wages are increased, if at all.

Reminder: Trump had promised to his galley that he'd fix this problem. No surprise there. He didn't. Again, no surprise. His supporters have conveniently forgotten about this, focusing instead of the "brown invasion," as they have referred to it.

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Wounded Bear Jul 2019 #1
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chowder66 Jul 2019 #3
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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:05 AM

1. Wonder if they're anticipating a Dem sweep next year...

Raising prices now to rake in max profits before some accountability kicks in.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:16 AM

2. Naw ...

they're Greedy all the time.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:44 AM

3. Fucking murderers. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:52 AM

4. Greed beyond imagination

Hey now, sometimes it just isn't enough only having ONE yacht and private jet. Gotta shake sick people down for more money so you can get two and show off to the other billionaires.

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