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Would You Opt For A Prescription Drug Free Life Due To Cost

I was reading this story that happened in the US where apparently an organization named Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of one of its drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill. That’s not a typo as for whatever reason the company decided to increase the price of the drug drastically. As to who the drug is for, apparently it is to help patients with HIV.

This of course generated a lot of outrage and another company then came out saying that they could offer virtually the same thing for like $1 a pill. That definitely generated a lot of controversy. I was thinking though financially would you ever opt to get off prescription medication despite the risk if financially it just seems way too much? Like in this case, $750 US is an insane amount of money for a person who probably has to be on it for awhile. I can imagine the financial stress to the point where you have to wonder if it isn’t simply trading one bad life altering thing for another.

Now I don’t mean like “okay, that’s it let’s just end life” sort of deal. Instead, it makes me think of things like if someone had cancer. To my knowledge, traditional treatments that require things like prescription drugs can cost people six figures a year. At the same time, I have seen some documentaries on how things like vitamin C injection for some reason had cured people too which costs nowhere near as expensive. So like there, would the financial cost of staying with prescription drugs convince you to just risk it with alternative forms of medication?

This topic certainly shows a lot about how money plays such an important factor even for things that are meant to save lives as there will always be someone who wants to take advantage of people’s desperation.

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