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Big Drug Companies Like Valeant Serve Shareholders at the Expense of Public Health

" Mr. Mannes has been taking the same drug, Cuprimine, for 55 years to treat Wilson disease, an inherited disorder that can cause severe liver [...]

Mr. Mannes has been taking the same drug, Cuprimine, for 55 years to treat Wilson disease, an inherited disorder that can cause severe liver and nerve damage. This summer, Valeant more than quadrupled its price overnight.

Medicare will now have to cover about $35,000 for the 120 capsules he takes each month, and he will have to pay about $1,800 a month out of pocket, compared with about $366 he paid in May.

‘My husband will die without the medicine,’ said his wife Susan, who is now working a second part-time job to help pay for health care. ‘We just can’t manage another two, three thousand dollars a month for pills.'”

 

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