That’s true. Well the new ‘once a day AIDS pill’ part. I rounded down on the price. Once it is approved by the FDA (which is expected any day now) it will cost only about $1200 per month. So if you’re rich and have AIDS – good news! If you’re one of the other millions of people with AIDS who can’t afford basic health care, let alone AIDS drugs – you’re still fucked.
I understand that pharmaceutical companies have costs – that they need to make money. What I don’t understand is why the only way they can make it is by charging an arm and a leg for their drugs. There’s got to be another way. Subsidies and philanthropy come to mind – and are used successfully in many cases – but why it hasn’t become the standard in funding drug development I do not know.