My step-grandmother is not doing well. Cancer, among other things, as if Cancer by itself weren’t bad enough. She moved to New Mexico a couple years ago, where the dry air is better for her aching joints, and I hear the meds are cheaper. Unfortunately, she lives 80 miles from the nearest hospital. Not sure why.
She is on Medicare, (no health insurance) and her copay is $980 which seems a bit high, compared to my $20, especially since she doesn’t have that kind of money. She’s been to the hospital four times this year, and now has pretty much given up on things like walking around or even standing. The current estimate is that she has about a month left to live.
An opportunity came along for her to take a test drug which may cure her, or at least, delay the inevitable.
The cost is $10,000 per month.
Since I am not in that situation, I can’t make that decision for her, as to whether $10,000 is worth a shot at a cure, but $10,000 would buy one hell of a party:
- I could fly to Amsterdam and sit backstage at a Rush concert.
- I could fly to L.A., meet with Chris Carrabba and make fun of his music in person.
- I could buy enough Pop Rocks to fill up a swimming pool.
- Ten grand might buy enough explosives to plant on the San Andreas Fault line and sink California into the ocean, and have enough left over to party on the Arizona Coastline.
Yessirree, ten large would definitely get me on the Evening News before I kicked the bucket.
But I’m curious why the pharmaceutical company is charging terminally ill people for test drugs.
Why aren’t the test drugs free? Once the thing works, you can charge ten grand for it, and I would line up like everyone else to get it. Ten grand for something that even works 80 percent of the time, or extends your life for a year is worth it (maybe) but to take advantage of people who are so near to death that they will desperately jump at any chance for a little more time, or a miracle cure?
That’s downright evil, even to me, and I’m an authority on evil.
Give the damn drugs away for cryin’ out loud! Or better yet, you pay them! These people are HELPING YOU OUT by being your beta testers, and YOU ARE CHARGING THEM MONEY? It boggles my mind.
And the first one to say ‘the engineering and equipment to make those drugs is expensive‘ gets a thrashing that will leave them taking experimental drugs in a desperate gamble for a few more months of life. You want to work on a cure for cancer? Go right ahead. But charging people on their deathbeds to do your research is really, really low.