“As Flint Water Crisis Unfolded, Pharma Company Raised Price of Lead Poisoning Drug 2,700 Percent”

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Behold, Mr and Ms America, this is how your beloved corporate-capitalism works!

“Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning by 2,700 percent after acquiring the drug in 2013. By 2015 – as the issue of lead poisoning became prominent news – the price for a package of vials rose from $950 to $26,927.”

As Flint Water Crisis Unfolded, Pharma Company Raised Price Of Lead Poisoning Drug 2,700 Percent

By Justin Gardner

The saga of Flint, Michigan, where residents suddenly found themselves drinking lead-poisoned tap water, demonstrated how people become victims of corrupt government. If that weren’t enough, those who suffer the worst from lead poisoning find themselves the victim of shameless corporate greed.

As the Flint water crisis unfolded and we began finding out that lead-tainted water is a problem in cities across the country, one notorious pharmaceutical company saw a chance to cash in.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug used to treat lead poisoning by 2,700 percent after acquiring the drug in 2013. By 2015 – as the issue of lead poisoning became prominent news – the price for a package of vials rose from $950 to $26,927.

This intravenous treatment, called Calcium EDTA, has been available for decades at a stable price, and is the most effective for severe and life-threatening cases of lead poisoning. The dramatic price increase has drawn the ire of poison control specialists and hospitals since it began, but their concerns don’t make the MSM news headlines.

“This is a drug that has long been a standard of care, and until recently it was widely accessible at an affordable price,” said Dr. Michael Kosnett, an associate clinical professor in the division of clinical pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Colorado’s School of Medicine and a consultant to the California Poison Control System, who has contacted Congress. “There’s no justification for the astronomical price increases by Valeant, which limit availability of the drug to children with life-threatening lead poisoning.”

The problem is, the drug does not have a long shelf life and is not needed in large quantities, since severe lead poisoning is relatively uncommon. This is precisely the excuse Valeant gives for its egregious price hikes, with a company spokesman telling STAT, “The list price increases over the past several years have enabled us to provide to the market consistent availability of a product with high carrying costs and very limited purchase volume of 200 to 300 units per year.”

The greed of Valeant Pharmaceuticals – which does little more than buy up other pharma companies and raise drug prices – was celebrated by Wall St. for two years until an accounting scandal and congressional hearings began tarnishing its image.

In October 2015, we reported that Valeant raised prices on a number of critical brand-name drugs by an average of 66 percent — five times as much as its closest industry peers. These included Cuprimine, a decades-old drug that treats an inherited disorder called Wilson disease, and a diabetes drug called Glumetza.

Valeant relies on insurance companies and government programs to shield most patients from the skyrocketing costs, but this leads to higher premiums and co-payments, as well as an extra burden on taxpayers…

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13 thoughts on ““As Flint Water Crisis Unfolded, Pharma Company Raised Price of Lead Poisoning Drug 2,700 Percent””

  1. Brave new world? Cowardly decaying world is more like it, as far as I am concerned.

    The many of us are allowing the few of them to get away with this. And it looks like this will never change, my friend.

    Positive mental attitudes won’t get it done this time. It’s time for all of us to pay the piper!

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  2. The brave new world requires a stable resistance, using accumulation of knowledge in right way and to act in organized. Yes, to want a brave new world is a positive desire, my dear Earthling friend. But showing determination to turn them (things to do inside of my first sentence) into a real, is a very difficult road. That’s why I wrote it on the need to shoulder of this difficult road.

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  3. It’s just the brave new world itself I have problems with: Huxley’s Brave New World is not one any of us should want.

    That’s what I meant! Sorry!

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  4. Never let an opportunity to make a profit go to waste. Rather sickening, eh.

    What is further shocking about the corporate mindset is that it truly believes in its heart that it’s not doing anything wrong.

    Some of my neighbors are some of these schmucks, not in pharmaceuticals but in information technology, operating sweatshops in Asia, and they actually flatter themselves thinking they are among the most morally upstanding specimens that have ever walked upon the surface of the earth. The more money they make, the more difficult it becomes for them to understand what formerly had been an ardent critique of capital that they had wholeheartedly embraced.

    It is almost but never quite funny to watch their transformation as their fortunes accrue , how they tie themselves into knots of denial about the moral gangrene slowly eating away at them.

    Granted, they, too, are the victims of a ‘system’ of corruption that is extremely difficult to resist and fend off. For me, that’s the really disconcerting part, that resistance appears to be impossible, with talent potentially capable of leading a rebellion being so readily bought off . . .

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  5. Exactly, Norm! It is a disease that there seems to be no cure for.

    I had former friends who grew up lower middle class at best, and yet, when they finished college and started to get more than comfortable, they suddenly lost all sense of balance, they lost the little bit of compassion they had before. The homeless became “Bums”, and I was bitched at when I tried to help someone asking for help, etc .

    In the end, they parted ways with me, which was the best thing for me!

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