'The opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S. may be a problem longer than it has any right to be thanks to the efforts of Big Pharma, which is trying its hardest to block its treatment through one way or another.
According to Robin Feldman, a professor in pharmaceutical law at University of California, drug companies are literally able to “play games” in order to keep competition out and prices high in the pharmaceutical drug trade. These games are to blame for the astronomical prices on drugs that should have been made generic already, and are also the cause for further delays in generic drugs arriving to market in the first place.
Feldman cites an example of Suboxone, an addiction treatment drug that has a generic version which, all things considered, should have been released long ago. However, due to the current Big Pharma practices, its price remains sky-high and access problems still exist for it.
When oral film strips cost more than $500 per month, and even simple tablets cost $600 per month, you know that there’s a serious problem.
Games Big Pharma plays
It’s said that it can be hard to pin down exactly what is causing the sky-high prices on drugs that are in demand. But the problem is not a recent one — Feldman says that pharmaceutical game-playing has gone on and grown over the course of a few decades, and has now turned into a multi-headed monster that uses new tactics as soon as old ones no longer work.
One such game involved the filing of petitions at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that aim to raise baseless or frivolous concerns just so they can delay the generic competition. Some of the petitions were described as “stunning” in the sense that they were just so bizarre when you look at them.'
Read more: Big Pharma is blocking efforts to halt the opioid epidemic… because there’s profit in POISON
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