Drug Pricing | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

Drug Pricing | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix


All right, I have a secret. Okay? Tonight, I promise… I’m not gonna beef 
with any foreign government. Okay? Instead, I want to talk about something 
that’s killing people in my own country. Drug pricing. In America,
prescription drug prices are skyrocketing, and politicians on both sides of the aisle
have made drug pricing an urgent priority. America pays the highest drug prices
in the world, and it’s not impossible to fix. People are sick and tired of the greed 
of the pharmaceutical industry. One of my greatest priorities… is to reduce the price 
of prescription drugs. Why did he say that 
like he was opening up Jurassic Park? “Welcome to… prescription drugs.” A velociraptor comes out,
but it’s made of Fentanyl. Drug pricing has been a problem 
for decades,  but it’s only getting worse,
and this year is no exception. [man] More than three dozen drug companies
have already hiked prices in the new year. [woman] The average hike is 6.3%, nearly three times the rate of inflation. This is terrifying,
especially when you consider that nearly half of the country 
takes prescription drugs. We’re talking about millions of Americans,
or as they call themselves, Brockhampton. There are too many people in Brockhampton,
and I know this… because I’m in Brockhampton. Hey, don’t laugh, 
you’re in Brockhampton too, okay? I saw you at the meeting. Yeah, you’re the audio guy. Probably the most egregious case
of drug price gouging was back in 2015. We all remember Martin Shkreli, the man who looks like a child’s drawing
of Keanu Reeves. One tablet of Daraprim used 
to cost $13.50. The drug maker recently increased
the price to $750. Why was it necessary to increase the price
of Daraprim so drastically? Well, it depends on how you define 
“so drastically,” because the drug was unprofitable 
at the former price. So any company selling it 
would be losing money. Martin Shkreli became 
the most hated man in America after raising the price of his 
company’s life-saving drug over 5,000%, and people got pissed. The only way it could have been worse 
is if he teamed up with Ja Rule, which would be the only festival where people wouldn’t be able 
to get drugs. Now, look. 
Shkreli didn’t just fuck with sick people. He also fucked with the Wu-Tang Clan,
who as you all know, ain’t nothing to fuck with. Shkreli bought the only copy of 
the Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million. You guys heard about this album, right?
The $2 million Wu-Tang album? And then he didn’t let anyone listen
to it, and it turned into one 
of the most bizarre beefs in history. The feud continues to escalate between
former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO and Ghostface Killah, 
just releasing this video response. Watch this. I don’t even know how it came to this,
like this is Ghost versus Peter Pan in, like, 2016. You know what I mean? 
All you can do right now is just try to fly away in front 
of my face, man. You know what I mean? Did you see that Peter Pan wipe? Shkreli pissed off 
Ghostface Killah so much, he learned aftereffects. You think after all of this shitbaggery,
Shkreli might have some regrets. If you could rewind the clock 
a few months, I wonder if 
you would do anything differently. I probably would have 
raised the price higher  is was probably what I would have done. Your one regret 
was not raising the price higher? That’s like if 
Ben Affleck’s biggest regret  was not getting enough stupid tattoos. Have you seen his back? 
It’s just a Windows 95 screensaver  of bad decisions. It’s the fucking worst. By the way, Shkreli jacking up the price 
of Daraprim by 5,000%, it was 100% legal, 
even though it feels like it shouldn’t be. It’s like when they sell you 
a Planet Fitness membership. How is that legal? They’re like, “Look, 
we’ve got three dumbbells, half a shower, and you can never leave, now go get the body of your dreams
in this house of nightmares.” Big pharmaceutical companies 
don’t pull a Shkreli, all right? They don’t raise prices 5,000% 
at a time like maniacs. At the beginning of last year, 
drug companies increased almost all their prices 
between one and 10%. Drug makers raise prices 
the same way Chuck Schumer’s glasses  are falling off his head. It’s so slow, you might not notice. Why are his glasses always
at fourth and goal? Like, they’re just about to dive
into the end zone. But those small increases add up. If you have a major health problem, chances are it now costs you a lot more 
to stay alive. Maybe the best example of how crazy
drug pricing has become is insulin, a drug that millions of people
with diabetes need to survive. In 1996, 
one common type of insulin cost $21. Now that exact same insulin costs $295. Supreme is watching this right now,
and they’re like, “Damn. We should make insulin.” Insulin is one of the most 
expensive liquids in America. A gallon of the cheapest insulin 
is up there with LSD,  Chanel No. 5 and cobra venom, which when combined with a heat source 
actually create Rudy Giuliani. In the US alone, seven million diabetics 
need insulin injections just to survive. 23 million more people are also diabetic,
including Ghostface Killah. Seriously, he’s diabetic. Add that together
with people who are pre-diabetic  and it comes to 100 million people. That’s almost a third of America.
Now, buckle up, ’cause I’m about 
to become Indian Miss Frizzle and Magic School Bus you
into the pancreas. There are two main types 
of diabetes, okay? Type 1 diabetes occurs when your pancreas 
doesn’t naturally create insulin. Yes, that is your pancreas 
or as it’s also known as your indoor dick. -In this case… 
-[audience laughing] Look, you don’t understand,
you better laugh at that. There is a graphics guy 
that worked on this shit for 12 hours. The renderings… “Is it phallic enough?” We made him re-render. Yeah, that’s all he got. This dude did Oculus Rift for a penis,
and you guys are doing– all right. In this case, insulin must be acquired
from another source. Think of type 1 diabetes
like Melania Trump at the RNC. She couldn’t produce her own speech,
so she had to obtain a speech  from another source. How did that get a bigger reaction, than the indoor dick? Type 2 diabetes occurs 
when your body doesn’t use the insulin produced by the pancreas correctly. This form of diabetes can occur later
in life due to age, genetics, lack of exercise or Paula Deen. Before I cut this bad boy up though, I think I need to run him through 
a little powdered sugar. Whoa! Little bit more powdered sugar, 
a little fresh cream, a little vegetable. Look at that yummy fried cheesecake. Mmm! Mmm! Okay, that looks like a fried cheesecake, but this is actually a Paula Deen salad. Now, look. Look, there’s no real reason
to bring up Paula Deen, but around the time this clip aired, she had a big secret. Why did you take so long 
to let people know -that you had type 2 diabetes?
-I intentionally did it, Al. I could have walked out and said, “Hey, y’all, I’ve been diagnosed 
with type 2 diabetes and walked away. I had nothing to give to my fellow friends out there. The most surprising part of this clip is that she calls him Al 
and not the “N” word. Untreated diabetes 
can have serious consequences like nerve damage, 
kidney failure, even death, and as insulin prices continue to spike, diabetics are taking drastic measures 
to get their hands on the drug. A growing number of diabetics
and their families  are now facing some tough choices 
when it comes to paying for the drug. Some are turning to the black market 
to buy illegal insulin. -[man] So, 200 for two boxes,
-Yeah. and then the extra– Okay, cool. [man 2] Producer John Dias
easily found insulin for sale online, posted by people
like this New Jersey woman  who told him as a diabetic herself,
she has extra to sell. Wait, where are they meeting? It looks like they just met at her house 
and then she was like, “Look, I don’t want to blow up my spot. 
Let’s just cross the street.” Insulin black markets 
aren’t even the worst of it all. Desperate patients
have also started taking lower doses  to make their insulin supply last longer, and that is incredibly dangerous. [man] Alec Smith died last year because he couldn’t afford 
insulin medication that could have kept him alive. Can you even imagine what it was like 
to tell people that your son died at 26 because he struggled to afford 
the one medicine they created to save his life? Alec Smith lost his life 
because he was rationing insulin. This isn’t happening in other countries
because insulin is way more affordable pretty much everywhere besides America. This insulin pen we bought
in the United States cost us $140. It would last us about a week. This is an insulin pen 
that we bought in Taiwan. It cost us $8. Here’s one that we bought in Canada
for $13. It’s not just Taiwan and Canada. 
Greece, Israel and Germany are all way cheaper 
than the United States. Even when you add them up, 
they’re nowhere even close. I’m sorry, but insulin 
should not be cheaper in Germany. Germans live on chocolate, beer and the lie 
that their grandparents were good people. By the way, the high cost of insulin is hitting people
with insurance. If you don’t have insurance,
you are truly screwed. So why has insulin become expensive 
in the United States? A big part of the reason comes down 
to drug patents. Three companies own the majority 
of insulin patents. Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk 
and Sanofi Aventis. No, those aren’t designers 
who got banned from Fashion Week  for saying something racist in Italian. These three companies account for more 
than 90% of the global insulin market, and one of them owned 100% of Paula Deen. And we should mention you’re 
a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk. Absolutely, I have been compensated,
just as you are… for your work. Yes. Yeah, it’s not the same thing, Paula Deen. Al Roker’s not getting paid 
by Big Weather. Also, people aren’t dying 
because they can’t get their hands on bootleg versions of The Today Show. “Hey, man. I’ve got Hurricane Gustav from September 2008. You want it? Yeah. Let’s just cross the street first. Give me that Today Show.” Companies with drug patents generally say
they need to keep drug prices high so they can recoup the cost it takes
to develop a new drug, but that wasn’t the case with insulin. Insulin wasn’t discovered 
by pharma companies. It was developed in 1921 by a team 
of Canadian researchers that included Frederick Banting 
and Charles Best, who realized how important 
insulin would be for the world, and they sold the insulin patent 
to the University of Toronto  for just a dollar each,
and those were Canadian dollars, which are basically Post-it notes 
with the words “great job” on them. Banting and Best weren’t trying
to cash out. They gave their discovery away 
because they wanted to help as many people as possible. The only problem is
that it’s difficult to make insulin because it involves living cells 
in our body. So the University of Toronto licensed the manufacturing of insulin to,
that’s right, Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk, and they could patent any improvements, and that’s exactly where 
the trouble started. Quick time-out. Canada, why would you ever trust Americans
with important discoveries? Bieber, Drake, Arcade Fire, insulin, 
we always take all your best stuff  and ruin it. Unlike in other countries, 
US law says patents can be extended as long as you make changes to the drugs.
I said changes not improvements. You just have to prove it’s not worse. Think of it like SNL. It doesn’t 
necessarily need to improve every year, as much as it needs to find bizarre 
new uses for Alec Baldwin. Drug companies are doing this strategy 
all the time. Between 2005 and 2015, almost 80% of new patents were 
for existing drugs. These are changes to existing drugs just 
to extend the patents, and that’s what insulin manufacturers do.
They slightly tweak insulin. They refile the patents,
and then they lock out any competition. Our government doesn’t cap drug prices. So these three companies have complete
control over the cost of insulin. They’re basically an insulin cartel,
except it’s all legal. The feds probably wouldn’t have fucked 
with El Chapo if he just called cocaine “Elchapitor.” This is seriously like Narcos’ insulin. [woman] The prices of two prime
insulin drugs rose in lockstep, mirroring each other 12 times 
between 2008 and 2014. If you raise your price 
and I raise my price to the same level, what am I saying to you as a company? Let’s keep going. Yeah, let’s keep going.
They’re all in on it together, the same way NBA players are all friends
with each other. Everyone’s like, 
“Who’s going to the Lakers next year?” Just check LeBron’s DMs. Here’s two more competing brands
of insulin from Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk. These lines move in such perfect lockstep, they look like they’re about 
to invade Poland. Again… I’m not saying they’re price-fixing,
because look, these companies are very litigious,
and I could get sued, all right? [laughing] So I’m just asking a question. Are they price-fixing? And then… I’m answering a question. Yes, but, but… that’s not how the drug companies see it. [woman] The companies deny 
they’ve broken any laws. Sanofi told us, 
“There’s strong competition on price.” Eli Lilly said, 
“It’s aggressively competing on net or negotiated price,”
and Novo Nordisk’s president said on the company’s website 
that “increasing list prices is designed to offset rebates 
and price concessions to maintain profitability.” These are multi-billion-dollar companies,
price-gouging people who need their insulin to stay alive. Drug companies do admit
drug pricing has gotten out of control. They just don’t think they’re part
of the problem. They love blaming 
Pharmacy Benefit Managers or PBMs. You know how, like,
when you go to CVS for your prescription and they’re like, “Sit there 
by the blood pressure machine, and Glen will be with you.” And then after, like, 45 minutes, 
you’re like, “Hey, can I just speak to someone?”
And they’re just like, “Sit over there by the lube
and stop talking!” And you’re like, “Fine.” And then when they finally ring you up,
they tell you how much the drug cost and how much your insurance covered.
PBMs negotiated that price. You’ve probably heard of the Big Three,
Express Scripts, OptumRx and CVS Caremark. They’re owned by or have merged 
with large insurance companies. PBMs take a lot of heat 
from drug companies and politicians for being nothing more 
than middlemen. Our profit from that insulin 
has actually declined  over the last five to six
to seven, eight years [man] Hobbs attributes this 
to rebates Novo Nordisk pays to middlemen 
like pharmacy benefits managers. The middlemen became very, very rich. Whoever those middlemen were,
a lot of people never even figured it out, they’re rich. You can tell he is excited 
about another new group to hate. He’s like, “What color are those middlemen?” But PBMs… don’t see themselves as middlemen at all. Here’s a video by Express Scripts
explaining what they think they do. [woman]
What is a pharmacy benefit manager? Some people think we make pills.
We don’t. Some people think 
we’re an insurance company. We aren’t. Some people think we’re middlemen, 
but we’re not. Without a PBM,
patients and plan sponsors, like businesses, industry, 
schools and government wouldn’t have anyone in their corner
negotiating with drug manufacturers, so no one pays more than they need to. Some people think we’re middlemen.
We’re not. Some people think we’re parasites. 
We’re not. And some people think 
we killed JonBenet. Who knows! It’s hard to know what 
the most broken part of this system is, but PBMs are a pretty good place to start. [woman] Howard Jacobson, a pharmacist
in Long Island, New York, for 40 years, showed us a recent transaction
for the diabetes drug Metformin. He says if the patient paid out of pocket, he would have sold it to them for $4, but the patient used an insurance plan, and there was a middleman, the PBM. It told Jacobson to charge a $10.84 copay, and it took $8.91 for itself. PBMs are a clusterfuck of rebates 
and negotiated payments. See how confusing this chart is? This is how 
the American Diabetes Association tried to clarify what PBMs do. How does this clarify anything? It’s so confusing. It looks like a subway map. This is how health policy expert
Dr. Gerard Anderson tried to explain drug pricing
to the Senate. Drug pricing is exceedingly complex. Other experts in this panel have discussed
the relationships between the drug companies, the PBMs,
the wholesalers and the pharmacies. It’s important to recognize, however,
that the process begins with the drug company setting the price. I wore my tie with the inverse writing 
of Leonardo da Vinci. I’m not even sure Leonardo da Vinci could
understand drug pricing today. By the way, Professor Anderson 
really loves using that tie to explain drug pricing. Today, the tie 
and most of you can’t see it,  is Leonardo da Vinci’s writing. I try to wear a tie 
that’s related to my testimony. Today, it’s Leonardo da Vinci’s
left-handed backward writing in Latin. You know drug pricing is complicated
when professors are giving up on language, and they’re like, “Look, the only way 
people will understand this is through tie-based metaphors.” But that’s where we are. Our drug pricing system is so broken,  everyone is just constantly 
passing the buck. PBMs substitute expensive drugs 
and overcharge Medicare Part D. They’re lining their pockets 
with the money from the taxpayers. Oh, so it’s the PBMs. Pharma companies determine their prices. You need to have a pharma company CEO
explain why they keep raising the prices. Oh, it’s pharma. How much you pay is largely a function
of how your insurance policy is set up. Wait, it’s insurance? PBMs certainly play a problem here. The drug company’s to blame
for the price they sell. -Insurance companies.
-PBMs. It’s the government’s fault 
that I’m paying high prices. -Wait, fuck! Wait, wait, stop doing that.
-[notes playing] This is like the most depressing version
of Dance Dance Revolution. -Stop doing that, please.
-[music stops] I’m gonna have a seizure. These four love pointing fingers, because if you can’t figure out 
who to blame, they can all keep making money. This crisis has consequences.
Every day, people are dying  because they can’t afford basic medicine,
but there is hope. Congress has the power to break patents 
in an emergency. They’ve never done it, but in the past… the threat of breaking patents 
has forced drug companies to lower prices. Right now, there could be enough 
political will to change things. There seems to be momentum.
Politicians across the political spectrum have made drug pricing a priority,
especially for the 2020 election. Right now, there are two separate 
congressional committees investigating drug pricing. One run by a Republican,
the other run by a Democrat. Recently the executives  of seven major pharma companies were asked
to testify at a Senate hearing about drug prices. All seven initially declined to show up, which was a pretty pancreas move, 
and by that, I mean, those pharma execs 
are a bunch of indoor dicks, but… then Senator Ron Wyden tweeted 
a veiled threat to subpoena them, and all of a sudden the execs RSVP’d. 
If you don’t know,  subpoena is the legal term 
for white people beef. It’s up there with, 
“Can I see the manager?” It’s a pretty powerful move. Now, it’s encouraging to see that Congress is willing 
to use their power to force pharma companies 
to explain themselves. But the question is, will Congress use their power
to force them to do more? I can only hope they listen
to the millions of people suffering  and not the $174 million pharmaceutical manufacturers and PBMs
spent on lobbying last year alone. The burden can no longer fall 
on the shoulders of patients. No one should have to beg for medicine 
or ration their treatment  or hit up the black market 
or rely on Ghostface Killah  to be the voice of reason. I want to see justice be served.
You know what I mean? I want Congress and them
to really get ’em. I want the courts to get ’em,
because people is dying. I’ve talked about this for 20 minutes 
and somehow, that was the clearest solution 
for this entire problem. I want Congress 
and them to really get ’em. I want the courts to get ’em because people is dying. Thank you, Ghostface.

100 comments

  1. There should be people meeting up and sending one to a vacation to pretty much any other country and buy some insulin from someone there and bring it back. Yeah that's drugsmuggling. Probably not easy but you know. The actual moral thing to do in that situation.

  2. I work at a hospital call center helping with patients get their prescriptions filled. It's awful. People want a simple allergy medication and it costs 150 dollars. It's a shame because some of these drugs are over the counter. It's wack.

  3. ThankGod for the NHS in UK but wish they would teach diabetes 2 remission with low carb eating. Even the NHS is falling apart with the cost of drugs.

  4. and now i am goin to phonecall my doc for 6 doses of dupilumap and i will pay nothin for it. but yeah, usa… keep enjoying your freedom…

  5. So who are the 544 unlikes from? Pharma execs? Trump supporters are idiots; they'll dislike things that are actually good for them.

  6. lockstep.. about to invade poland LOL that is a really quick witted and high class dark joke, you can tell by the reaction that ppl didn't catch on to it fast enough. Hasan's mental agility is >9000.

  7. It's funny how broken your country is. And the only thing that prevents me from laughing is that mine is probably just the same.

  8. And Trump called other countries shitholes 😂

    There's so much wrong with my country but at least education and Healthcare is free here.

  9. Why don’t we get rid of the middlemen to reduce drug costs? I understand why drug companies need to charge so much otherwise we won’t have innovation, research, and safety. But not for insulin. In America where obesity (and diabetes) are at an epidemic, lack of access to insulin is a death sentence

  10. Meanwhile in my country, insulin is around $10 per pen, and if you pay the national insurance premium ($5 per month), you can ask the doctor to give you 4-6 free pens per month

  11. unreal what drugs cost in USA – i pay $5.50 per script, regardless if its oxycodone IR (worths $36.00 normally) smnd targin SR (oxycontin in US, #&4.00 normally) australia nest healthcare. USA is getting ripped off

  12. I am a pharmacist in US and i admit that we are fooling patients on the behest of pharmaceutical companies all the time 😞

  13. sometimes I really feel thankful that the situation is not the same in India. I am thankful for the cheap med stores in govt hospitals and that I can get a doctor check up for like 5 rs. in govt hospitals.

  14. My x classmate told me about her HIV infected friend, an American citizen. She had to move to Africa to get the SAME HIV drugs that are out of reach in the US, while in Africa are for FREE. Talking about constipation, my dad got a prescription for constipation over the counter herbal pills. If you get it over the counter it costs $16/month, but with the insurance cost him $1/month. But on the package it said those pills are actually worth $3.

  15. I see two solutions:
    1. Canada gives a copy of the patent to another company in the usa
    2. Canada builds the industry to create insulin and manufactures it for everyone 😀

  16. I can only wish that the people who are responsible for the menace that cause the deaths of so many people start to suffer from the worst disease possible and despite all their money they can do nothing to save them that's when they understand the pain of the victim of their greedy desires

  17. Let’s rehire Mueller.
    Appoint him to investigate allegations of extortion and price fixing.
    (Mickey Mouse stuff like Trump campaign; no problem, it’s merely entertainment. Big boy stuff like prescriptions, NEVER going to happen.)

  18. This is the result of un/under- regulated capitalism…. When money generation and protection is the sole priority nothing else will ever take precedent.

  19. elasticity of demand and elasticity of supply, are the core factors influencing how prices rise, in other words addictive products/services are considered inelastic, so a change in price leads to small or tiny changes in behaviour or basically addicts will keep fueling their addictions and only a small amount of people will stop buying it after the prices go up, perfect eg is ciggarettes and how much the price has increased over the last decade. so inevitably if you add an inelastic product that consumers lives are dependent upon then they have no choice but to keep up their consumption or suffer and die. then add monopoly power with no regulation or control limits on profit margins then you have the legal right to screw people repeatedly with increasing penetration/depth as they desire !!! and all you need is to be a legal business to get away with it, otherwise your just a drug dealer who can go to prison.

  20. theres money in chemical companies, most political figures have link to theses drug companies. invested in the future of the up and coming mental epidemic thats predicted in 2020,, insulin is the usa's man made disease

  21. Watching Patriot Act, I'm so relieved to see that the USA, the biggest oil consumer in the world (20% for a mere 327 million people) and the richest country (with 22% of the world's gdp) is doing everything in its power to reduce the size of its population and thus its ecological footprint. Such drastic measures (poisoned waters, obesity epidemic, opioids crisis, unaffordable health insurance) to cull the herd has truly to be commended. Take a breath World, the US will make the world green again, it's just gonna take a bit of time. You just have to wait for their population to dwindle thanks to corporate greed and inane politics… It's pretty unorthodox but if it gets them there, who are we to judge…

  22. True story (although, if you watched this, you won't be at all surprised). One of my medications is a generic (gabapentin neurontin)… their patent ran out years ago. However… they made an improvement to the formula in order to give it an extended relief option, which I actually need due to the fact that gaba makes me super sleepy every time I take it (and when you're taking it 3 times a day and driving for a living… dangerous). After changing the formula to E.R., they re-patented it. And the cost for my drug went from $8 dollars (total, my cost was $1.40) per month… to more than $2,400 per month. Now, my insurance pays for almost all of that, I only pay $50… but sweet Jesus!

  23. The system is not broken. It's CORRUPT. Hasan loves to point fingers at other countries. Yet he's completely unable to see the faults in his own country.

  24. A friend commented that he can get Novo Rapid insulin (the blue one) for less than $8 in one of the popular tourist destinations in South-East Asia. Less than $8 means closer to $7 than $8. Expiry date 2020-2021 and proven original, because, hey, it's not wrong to get skeptical due to price differences.

  25. Wake up Americans! The US gives BILLIONS to Israel so that their citizens get free healthcare and cheap drugs, whereas you guys are left in the dirt to pay high prices for your health. Speak against giving money to Israel. Spend it on your own citizens.

  26. I wish i would live on the lie that my grandparents were good people 🙁
    Gone the time when i could have calmed myself with the thought: "My Grandpa was just an electrician in the Wehrmacht. Look at the Flashes on his helmet…"

  27. did the white house correspondents dinner propel hasan from a finger on trevors right hand to a body of his own? kudos to him. he's also pretty handsome.

  28. hassan.. the issue is deficit spending…by gvt

    gvt has done vsuch a criminal job of stewardship of usa… letting treasonous usurious treasury BORROW us into $22.5 trillion of deficit…

    except if you talk about the debt, uninformed audience is likely to boo…or fall asleep

  29. Insulin isn't the only drug funded either by public research or made available basically for free to society. That affects almost every single drug on the market in some shape or form, the Shkreli drug included. Pharma at this point is nothing but a leech on society.
    But I shouldn't be surprised by what is going on in the US … I mean, it is literally a country that was founded because rich assholes were prohibited from exploiting society back in Europe.

  30. People who are smuggling illegal insulin in from Canada are like an underground railroad, saving people's lives and futures.

    If you made food illegal, we'd have no doubt that smuggling bread across the border was a heroic act, but we've gotten used to the idea that American pharmaceutical laws are allowed to kill people.

  31. What this dude doesn't tell you is that the gut that increased the price of that drug thousands of times of what it used to be did it to to make insurance pay up. If a doctor came to him with a patient with no insurance that patient got the drug for free. Also the democRAT politicians are the biggest recipients of big pharma money "donations". Our country's drugs are so expensive because we pay for the rest of the world to get cheap drugs.

  32. Question, is there no generic brand in US? In our country we have brand name which is more expensive than generic. So people have options.

  33. You guys wouldn't have this problem if you had a generic drug law. Pharma companies can't price-gouge when a smaller company can release an exact clone of it for peanuts.

  34. Everyone here are thanking they are not in america but if they'll get any opportunity to move here they'll agree without any second thought..

  35. Guys anyone of u has any trouble with medicine cost in US,,, come to india for medical tourism,,,

    Many people from US , Australia, middle east do that,, n the cost is 1/5 or 1/4 of wat u pay in US,, including your air tickets-2way,,,

    send me message if u need help! I will get u in touch with right people!

    I lived in the US for 5 years, now settled in India, i know the pain people of US go through! N this is a major reason y US is THE most stressful developed country!

    Most of the time patient here get shocked not because wat they r suffering from but from the cost of future medicine tat is on thier way ahead!,,,,

  36. Sitting here in Germany, appreciating our not really perfect, not completely universal healthcare…
    And knowing that that my grandfather was an arsehole.

  37. Why can't the University of Toronto take back the licence and/or licence insulin production/patents to other pharmaceutical companies or make it themselves??

  38. You should slow down a bit. U cut people while they are laughing. The info while listening to you will not be processed properly if u dnt let people laugh & pause & listen to you again

  39. Absolutely amazing man!!! My son is type 1 diabetic and I’m so damn pissed off at all but it’s Evil MF greedy pharma. !! Thank you so much for this!!!

  40. Its absolutely disgusting that we profit off peoples illnesses. No one should have to pay to stay alive. Where is the pro life crowd now?

  41. I am from Germany and my grandparents were and are good people because at the end of WWII they were still children.

  42. America is subsiding the prices of drugs for other countries around the world. Drug companies are making the money they could not make in other countries.

  43. The problem is always the same:
    Your politicians are LEGALLY for sale!

    In Europe we have National Health Systems paid by the general taxation.
    This public health system is at the same quality level of USA private system, but far less expensive.
    It is less expensive because it's the NHS who sets the prices of drugs, hospital, medical visits.
    The NHS pays as little as possible, and the drugs producers (and the hospitals, and the doctors) can freely decide to accept the state prices or not to sell/work in our countries.

    Drugs, hospitals, medical visits prices are all capped, and the same happens for a few other things considered basic human needs (bread, milk and, in Italy, even coffee).

    This is NOT socialism.
    This is a "social system" that – where strictly necessary – puts the lives of the human beings above the unlimited profit.

    Our politicians can be corrupted, but not legally!

  44. When non prividing society population numbers rises with no sign of slowing down.
    The wealthy and before them goes on a attack mode.
    Control street and health.

    Sound diffrent then the rest.non talk about this.
    But to me.or you.will do the same.
    Wild falks gots to go.
    Grave.hospital with nothing to support.and that's hieghway to the grave.
    Or
    Prison and the inmates friends/familly will pay for it.
    A perfect settup to illuminate legally.

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