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MYLAN AND THE EPI-PEN: IF WE CAN’T TRUST  GENERIC-DRUGMAKERS TO KEEP BIG PHARMA HONEST, WHAT CAN WE DO?

The New York Times, August 27, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/27/business/painted-as-a-villain-mylans-chief-says-shes-no-such-thing.html?ribbon-ad

Until maybe last week, generic-drug companies were the allies of consumers and patients. They kept Big Pharma at least somewhat in check by selling less-expensive versions of  famous brand names as soon as the original patents expired — that is, if doctors weren’t so much in the pockets of Big Pharma that they wrote prescriptions insisting on the costly brand name. But the case of Mylan — which has hiked the price of the anti-allergy EpiPen an astounding sixfold — shows how generics and brand-names have become dangerously intertwined. Few companies (including Mylan) are purely one or the other drug type any more, and therefore they are less committed to advocating for generics, which are probably the smaller part of their business . What leverage do consumers still have? Go to Canada, where national health insurance keeps a lid on prices. Band together on social media and through lobbying campaigns, as EpiPen users have done semi-successfully. Or thumb your noses at all the drugmakers by making changes in diet, smoking, and exercise to reduce your need for medicine.

 

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