The Atlantic 09/25/2015
The True Cost of an Expensive Medication
The U.S. is unique among Western countries in that it doesn't regulate drug prices.
A drug called Sovaldi is supposed to work astonishingly well to cure people with the liver disease Hepatitis C. Except it costs $1,000 per day for all 12 weeks of treatment.
One nurse tells the story of what it’s like to watch patients get sicker when they can’t afford a pricey treatment. Her clinic is a federally qualified health center in a rural town in New Mexico, which means she sees a disproportionate number of patients who are uninsured, underinsured, and on Medicaid. In other words, they can't afford Sovaldi.
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