October 2, 2013

Advair and the greed of GlaxoSmithKline - a drug company

Everyone knows that the drug companies are thieves in lab coats. 

They spend money to develop drugs and then try to recoup their expenses by charging many times more than their drugs are possibly worth. 

An example is "Advair".  It is an inhaler product that helps people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or Asthma to breathe. 

Gasping for breath or "air hunger" as it is called is frightening.  It is like drowning, not in water, but in air. 

I have COPD and my doctor prescribed Advair for me.  I went to the local drug store
This small Advair inhaler costs
$2,124.00 per year
where I live
and paid $177.00 for a one month's supply of Advair.  It comes in a canister inhaler.  It has 120 doses.  The prescription is for 4 puffs per day.  This means this inhaler would last for 30 days or one month. 

This one drug would cost me $177.00 x 12 = $2,124.00 per year. 

Drug companies are notorious for being thieves. They cloak this thievery in the statement that "We spend millions in research, development, testing and marketing. We have to recoup our losses."

Bullshit.  They over-charge to make money for the corporation and for their shareholders.  

Pray for all who
suffer because they can't
afford Advair
All corporations are entitled to make a profit, but not an outrageous profit that strangles their customers financially. They know that after these products are developed and finalized they only cost a few dollars per unit to produce. 

God save us from the Drug Corporations, who overcharge, who price gouge, who deny necessary drugs to the poor, and who use the Corporate profit margin as a benchmark for decency.  

Their greed is shameful and self-evident. 

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