The Real Reason Big Pharma Wants to Help Pay for Your Prescription – Bloomberg

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-19/the-real-reason-big-pharma-wants-to-help-pay-for-your-prescription

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  1. #1 by Carla Kienast on August 3, 2016 - 1:35 pm

    Love your blog and I first want to thank you for giving this article attention. Secondly, this is just a comment — not a defense of big pharma, but I think what many of us in the US tend to forget is that our pharmaceutical companies are for-profit corporations. They are not charitable organizations trying to save the world one drug at a time. Their purpose in life is to make money for their shareholders, it’s just that the widgets that they build happen to be chemical compounds that fight disease rather than toasters or cars or computers. Therefore, articles like this should not come as a surprise. Nor should the millions spent on television and other advertising as well as things like congressional lobbyists. The only recourse would be to nationalize the pharmaceutical industry and that would probably be just as cost-prohibitive. While we may not like headlines like this, we should at least be realistic about the situation — particularly if we want to try to implement change.

    • #2 by My RAD Life on August 3, 2016 - 3:21 pm

      This is a great point. I would say I wasn’t surprised at the article, but a bit dismayed. I’m part of the Enbrel payment assistance program that reimburses $240 of my $250 payment each month. I’m extremely grateful that the program exists for both myself and others that need access to this drug. I didn’t realize how these programs we’re actually being paid for but, as you say, these are corporations, not nonprofits.

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