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Cancer gougers: price of crucial leukemia drug is hiked 40% to $200,000 a year

I’m surprised that anybody was actually admonished about this, considering how long they’ve been getting away with charging sky high prices for their drugs. Maybe it’s a turn for the better.
What’s really crazy is that in the article, they say that the price for the cancer drug had actually went up by $80,000 over a few years. So $120,000/year for this drug isn’t gouging, but $200,000 is???  So are we to understand that $120,000/year for this drug is economical, fair and affordable but $200,000/year is where we draw the line?  $120,000/year fits right into the average cancer patient’s budget but $200,000/year doesn’t?
Do you see the cruel irony here? Or is it just me?
Is this the affordable health care Obamacare was supposed to create?  It appears to me that $120,000/year for a medicine is just as much gouging as $200,000/year.  And it’s not even a cure! In what alternate reality is this even in the neighborhood of acceptable?
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Lawmakers have slammed a pharmaceutical company for raising the price of a crucial leukemia drug by 40 per cent in less than a year.
Bernie Sanders is leading the interrogation into ARIAD Pharmaceuticals in the latest battle between government and big pharma firms.
ARIAD produces Iclusig, which is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia in some patients.
The company has subtly bumped the price of the drug by at least 8 per cent every quarter – amounting to a 39 per cent increase.
Now it costs $200,000 a year – up $80,000 in just a few years.
It targets an abnormal protein which prevents the body from regulating white blood cells.
Some patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia use the drug in combination with others.
But for people with chronic myeloid leukemia, this is one of the most crucial forms of medication.
The majority of chronic myeloid leukemia sufferers (95 per cent) have a genetic abnormality that means their body produces the abnormal protein BCR-ABL.
The latest hike, announced this month, has been met with outraged cries from patients.
It comes on the heels of two major controversies – when disgraced Turig CEO Martin Shkreli increased the price of life-saving drug Daraprim, and when drugmaker Mylan recently hiked the price of the EpiPen.
Sen Bernie Sanders claims ARIAD’s price hike is in the same league – and has written to the firm with Rep Elijah Cummings, D-Md, for an explanation.
‘These outrageous sales tactics indicate that ARIAD is more concerned with its profit than with its patients,’ Sanders and Cummings wrote.
Sanders also tweeted about the company last week: ‘Drug corporations’ greed is unbelievable. Ariad has raised the price of a leukemia drug to almost $199,000 a year.’
According to data from Truven Health Analytics, the list price for a year’s supply of Iclusig tablets has increased from $114,960 in 2012 to $198,732 in October 2016.
Sanders and Cummings also said they are investigating whether the company tried to boost profits by tweaking pill dosages and quantities to charge insurers and patients more for less medicine.
The FDA approved Iclusig in 2012 as a treatment for two rare types of leukemia, but the company suspended sales the next October because of heightened concerns that patients could suffer from life-threatening blood clots.
In December 2013, it relaunched with added warnings and to a smaller subset of patients.
The inquiry comes as other pharmaceutical companies have come under fire from Congress for price hikes.
Martin Shkreli, the brash former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, became the poster child of pharmaceutical-industry greed last fall for hiking the price of a life-saving drug, Daraprim, by more than 5,000 percent.
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The Cure for Cancer – An Excellent Video

Just watched an excellent video on cancer. The movie basically tells us that cancer is curable, right now. The problem isn’t that cancer is so complex or beyond our comprehension.  The biggest problem is that curing incurable diseases makes established mainstream health practitioners angry!
Cancer is Curable Now, view it here:

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Genetically Modified Foods Revisited

I had done a previous article on GM crops, and decided to do another, more in-depth review of this subject. Originally, I was going to cover possible links between genetically modified foods and cancer. But in the process of reviewing a PowerPoint presentation based on the award-winning movie, Seeds of Deception by GMO activist Jeffrey Smith, I was totally floored by the extent of the danger of genetically modified food elements. It is a literal Pandora’s Box of danger. Preliminary studies have linked GMO foods with cancer, degenerative diseases, birth defects, sterility, and other health conditions.
This is a video presentation given by Jeffrey Smith. It is entitled It’s In Your Food: Your Right to Know Forum. It is a great video on the dangers of GM food. It is about 38 minutes long, and is very informative. You really need to watch it.

Despite danger and warnings at every corner, GM crops have been foisted upon the world, especially in America.

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The Medical Mafia is At It Again…

The Big Pharma apparatus is at it again. The latest intrusion on people’s rights happened in Detroit.
A mother, Maryanne Godboldo, of a 13 year old girl decided to refuse Big Pharma psychotropic medication.  Child Protective Services (CPS) personnel tried to abduct the child.  They accused her of not giving her daughter psychiatric medication prescribed by her doctor.  The mother says that the medication caused adverse side effects in her child that worsened her condition, so she would not give her the medication.  The medication, Risperdal, has a long track record of causing very serious side effects like vomiting, nausea, lack of coordination, anxiety and dizziness.

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Big Pharma is for Profits

It is not a bad thing to be run a business for profit.  Unfortunately, there can be a conflict between financial interests and what is best for the patient.  Given the present corporate paradigm where profits are the first, highest priority, this can have disastrous ramifications for medical policy.  A goal of more profit may motivate Big Pharma companies to sell expensive drugs to patients even though they may not be radically different from older, cheaper drugs.
Doctors are often willing victims of Big Pharma.  Their medical educations are heavily influenced by pharmaceutical companies.  It is to the point now where there are incredibly large numbers of prescriptions written by physicians. 

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