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COPAXONE: $27.5 million per gallon!


COPAXONE: $27.5 million per gallon!
The price of Copaxone is $4,600 a month: $27,476,736 per gallon.

My niece Cindy has multiple sclerosis. She takes one 20-milligram injection of Copaxone each day. The cost for a one-month prescription is $4,600. I have done some mathematics on the cost of Copaxone. This is how it breaks down:
1,000 mg/20 mg injection dosage = 50 doses per gram. $4,600/30 doses = $153.33 per dose. 50 doses x $153.33 = $7,666.50 for 1 gram of medicine. $7,666.50 x 28 (grams in an ounce) = $214,662 for 1 ounce of this medication. $214,662 x 128 (ounces in a gallon) = $27,476,736 per gallon. How can any medicine be this unconscionably expensive?

Copaxone and other similar MS drugs cost anywhere from $50,000 to $60,000 a year, more than the median family income in the U.S. Drug companies can charge whatever they want. That's why many new cancer drugs cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 for a full course of treatment. A lifesaving medication to treat a rare genetic condition called Gaucher's disease can cost more than $200,000 a year and has to be taken for life.

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