It's no wonder those in poverty have a hard time managing their asthma. Even if an impoverished asthmatic is well educated he may not be able to afford the best asthma medicines, if any medicine. Yet the pharmaceutical companies are making a profit nonetheless.
According to thepharmaletter.com "Asthma and COPD drugs revenues to reach $43.8 billion by 2015. This is the same market that made $23.1 billion in 2010.
I want the pharmaceutical companies to make money. If you guys know how much money was involved in the making of just one medicine you'd be amazed. Actually I can tell you because an article in the July issue of RT Magazine provides us with this information.
The article is called "What's in the Pipeline? A brief look at some of the compounds in the pipeline for the treatment of asthma and COPD." It notes the following facts:
- Drug discovery and development can take up to 15 years
- Drug discovery and development can cost up to $1 billion
- Applications for new drugs was 150 in 2009
- Applications for new drugs was 125 in 2010
- Right now there are 54,000 clinical trials in the U.S. alone
- 0.2 percent of drugs currently in clinical trials will be approved by the FDA
Pharmaceuticals can set any price they want as far as I'm concerned. Still, I also believe that a fair price should be set so that poor people, or people who don't have health insurance, can gain access to this medicine. Likewise, I wouldn't mind a lower cost to myself.
Surely you're like me and want pharmaceutical companies to continue the quest to discover better medicine. While lower prices may mean better access to better asthma care, higher prices may be the reward pharmaceutical companies require to continue the risk.
Some people say it's not fair medicine prices are so high. I'm not one of them.