The Price of This Drug Is Immoral

They must be joking! I had hoped that they were joking – but it seems as if they are not. They are serious.

Beware: the cost of the first drug that appears to be somewhat effective against the Coronavirus will cost $3,120 in hospitals for patients with private health insurance and $2,340 for patients with government insurance.

They have not set a price for those who have no insurance at all.

It should be noted that Remdesivir, the name of the drug produced by Gilead, helps reduce recovery by an average of four days. However, it does not protect against preventing the virus itself or reducing the number of deaths.

The drug will be sold only in the United States until the end of September.

I understand that the costs associated with researching drugs, as well as manufacturing them, are very expensive affairs.

I also understand that it usually takes many years, even decades – and a lot of luck – to discover a new drug.

So we have to be grateful that Gilead discovered this – even though it was originally developed prior to the Coronavirus outbreak to treat other viral diseases but was ineffective against them.

That said, as I mentioned, this drug is effective against the Coronavirus, but only in reducing recovery time. It does not protect humans from the virus. And it does not prevent deaths.

How is it possible that in the midst of this pandemic they are charging so much for this drug?

That is, only those who are in good financial condition will have access to it?

What will happen to the poor or to those who do not have medical insurance coverage?

As a matter of fact, however, according to a report in the New York Times this week, from which I draw this information, many experts do not see anything strange about the price. They consider it normal. Other drugs that will soon reach the market, they say, will cost much more.

For God's sake!

I don't know how that can be justified.

Could you imagine how terrible it would be if a drug was developed that actually protects you from the virus but because of its price, the masses would not be able to access it and thus be protected?

Is it possible that the gap between the rich and the poor will show itself even in this instance?

Shouldn't the government, every government, every country, give out these drugs for free?

We have been waiting and waiting for a cure, and when it comes … we won’t be able to afford it? Lord have mercy!


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