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Robert Ariail

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  1. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Yes and the pesticide they are spraying to kill the “Zika Mosquito” has the nasty side effect of halting brain growth in embryos..
    The greed by the rich has grown so much that Jonas Salk is deemed a fool by them. When he was more of a saint; he diid Not charge for his polio vaccine, it was for the good of mankind.

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Free Market, Babeee !! Let’s make a profit off of misery and death ! Pharma gives bloodsuckers a bad name.

  3. Ji2m

    Ji2m said, 1 day ago

    @Darsan54

    A free market would mean there’s competition, so one company could not jack up their prices without sending customers streaming to other manufacturers.


    The flap over the EpiPen has an element government meddling in it that is not widely reported. You see, the federal government “incentivized”, (read do as we say or we’ll make it hurt), schools to keep EpiPens on hand. (Which, having an EpiPen on hand at a school is not a bad idea).


    But there’s always the unintended consequences of government meddling. The demand goes up, the supply runs low. To resupply the manufacturer has to pay overtime/hire extra workers. They also have buy more materials from their suppliers. The suppliers likely don’t have a big stock of finished product, so again, over time & extra workers… And so the cycle goes….


    And then there’s this…


    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-epipen-ceo-bresch-salary-20160824-story.html

  4. superposition

    superposition said, 1 day ago

    There are other sources …
    http://www.goodrx.com/epinephrine?drug-name=epinephrine

  5. ODon

    ODon said, 1 day ago

    @Ji2m

    The “government meddling” you refer to was lobbied for by Mylan. After said meddling executive pay rose dramatically.

  6. Alberta-oil

    Alberta-oil said, 1 day ago

    @then00b

    I was under the impression they tend to warn people in advance when and where they’re going to spray as it’s fairly obvious its quite literally poison.
    ~
    So you are “warned”.. then what.. evacuate the area.. leaving your property to the whims of the “not so honest”?

  7. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Ji2m

    There is an ethical question here that’s ignored by your suggestion that the free market would have solved the epipen pricing issue. That’s sheer ideological nonsense. The free market conclusion is that, if people can’t afford an epipen you should just let them die. As a matter of public health policy, the very effectiveness of the drug argues for strict government controls, not price increases. Pricing to value in this case is deeply unethical. If a drug saves this many lives, we need to make sure it’s available to those who need it. Anything else is indefensible and just plain wrong. Full stop.

  8. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Clearly the pharmacy industry is out of control. We in the US pay at least thirty percent more that people outside the US. Recently it looks like they are tying to make it more like 500 percent because the can. I would like to see what the manufacturing cost is for the EpiPen. I would be it is less that fifty dollars.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, 1 day ago

    I saw an idiot libertarian trying to make the case that Epipens are more expensive in the US than in Canada because we have too much regulation. Honestly? You think that the US has more regulations on pharmaceuticals than Canada? As with most libertarian arguments, of course, the opposite is true. In Canada there are regulations forbidding jacking up the price of life-saving medicines. That’s why all prescriptions are cheaper there.

  10. ARodney

    ARodney said, 1 day ago

    Oh, and the cartoonist missed a chance for gender diversity. The big pharma CEO villain in this story is a woman.

  11. Hen3ry 567

    Hen3ry 567 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Wabbit

    Yes and the pesticide they are spraying to kill the “Zika Mosquito” has the nasty side effect of halting brain growth in embryos
    .
    And this is somehow the fault of Big Pharma? Interesting thought process. If you can call it that.

  12. californicated1

    californicated1 said, 1 day ago

    The cartoonist forgot to mention politicians, bureaucrats and a few police officers.

  13. Frank Siegle

    Frank Siegle GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    and insurers, lawyers, medical specialists.

  14. eepatt

    eepatt said, 1 day ago

    Mosquitos,, ticks, bedbugs and leeches drink blood because they need to in order to survive. Big pharma sucks our blood to enrich stockholders and executives for greed. They have found that spending resources to purchase congressman and advertising is better for their profits than spending it on research. And they do not give a $hit about helping our common good.

  15. nlkilpat

    nlkilpat GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @Alberta-oil

    Alberta-oil, I go back to the days of DDT. When my village sprayed DDT for mosquito control, we went in the house and waited for the DDT spray to dissipate. It worked, as near as I can tell.
    By the way, South Florida necessarily has had an active mosquito control program for many years. There is nothing new here, except that they now need to up the kill ratio.
    I’m guessing that the mosquito problem is a little different – in Alberta.

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