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    Surprised there's not a thread on this. The FDA advisory committee gave the Alzheimer's drug a pretty strong thumbs down but it gets approved anyway.
    No significant benefits with potential fatal side effects.

    Yet Biogen is going to charge $56,000 per year. Estimate cost to Medicare is over $57 billion.

    It's criminal.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/10/biog...ort-finds.html

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    It's not a done deal yet. It still has to go through phase 4 trial to actually prove clinical benefit. Proving it reduces the growth of plaque doesn't prove it actually benefits symptoms.

    One really ed up way that Medicare works, however is that it pays doctors 6% of the drug cost to prescribe it. That means they pay doctors $3,360 per year to prescribe it on top of the $56,000 cost.

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    🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 ElNono's Avatar
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    This is why Medicare needs to be empowered to negotiate drug prices, seeing they're by and large the largest customer.

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    This is why Medicare needs to be empowered to negotiate drug prices, seeing they're by and large the largest customer.
    but thats communist

    and also fascist at the same time

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    but thats communist

    and also fascist at the same time
    Good ole American exceptionalism at work... lining up the pockets of the rich and powerful... in before CC's 'envy' post...

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    4-25-20 Will Hunting's Avatar
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    Good ole American exceptionalism at work... lining up the pockets of the rich and powerful... in before CC's 'envy' post...
    Those lazy ass dementia patients need to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and come up with the $50k needed for that experimental dementia treatment!

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    Those lazy ass dementia patients need to just pull themselves up by their bootstraps and come up with the $50k needed for that experimental dementia treatment!
    Welfare queens!

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    Savvy Veteran spurraider21's Avatar
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    Welfare queens!
    Thread is an expert on this subject

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    He offered it, 21. Then lied like a cheap rug from the Wal-Mart. Twixt me and the wife I'm out $1200. I'm grudgin' it, ever more.

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    Dale def needs this aduhelm asap.

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    Bad move.
    Since 2006 there have been a number of drugs that have shown degradation of plaque and none showed improvement in symptoms. But there are some people who have seen significant improvement in symptoms as always in these types of drugs that get pushed. There is a really hard push on this one because the US has a large population of old people. People flat out live longer and this disease is mostly age related.

    And there are doctors who do NOT want to prescribe it (giving false hope) but what can they say now... lets give er a go for ~50K

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