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July 2, 2019

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.


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.
July 2, 2019

So if Kamala Harris were to be President, would she institute forced busing across the country?

Serious question. Did anyone ask her that after the debate?

July 1, 2019

I finally settled on someone to support.

I always said I'd wait until the debates to decide on someone. So I have. I've finally settled on supporting who I think is the best candidate - Mayor Pete. I know he's not likely to win the nomination. But there's no one else I feel I can support at this time. IMO, he's the best. I've consistently liked him from the beginning, and my admiration has only grown over time.

If he doesn't make it, he'll be dropping out. Then I'll have to decide again who to support. But for the time being, I'm going with the one I like for so many reasons.

(My second choice is Klobuchar, another dark horse.)

This is unusual for me. I usu. settle on someone who turns out to be the frontrunner. But this time there is no Pied Piper, no automatic (for me) candidate with everything...experience, charisma, intelligence, articulate, good sense of humor, fast on his feet. Pete has all these things except the great sense of humor. He's pleasant and sometimes humorous, but not the sense of humor of Obama or Bill Clinton. It could be because this big campaign is so new to him. Anyway, for me it's Pete. Phew. I finally decided!

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