The pharmaceutical companies that’s who. I am blown away as I watch some evening TV that almost every second ad is for drugs for some sort of autoimmune disorder or disease. We are a captive audience with an endless need for their expensive drugs. Not pred of course because it’s gone past the deadline and has become a generic drug. Not so for the others. I was just getting infused today with a drug that for the two treatments I get costs almost $10,000. I was talking to a wonderful lady who has a friend who HAS to take a medicine that has a half-life of 2 minutes and needs to be administered intravenously so she has a permanent pic line and the drug sits on a fanny pack – her drug that keeps her going costs $6,000 per month. I was also talking about a mutual friend who’s wife has an autoimmune disease and can’t get drugs because they can’t afford them and don’t have insurance. Her husband has to watch his wife in pain and sit there knowing he is hog tied by Big Pharma and can’t do anything about it. With other diseases the expensive drugs are administered in a relatively short period of time with the hopes of eliminating the disease. With autoimmunity, which is often if not always chronic, the drugs are administered to maintain a quality of life and possible remission, but the disease is with you for ever in most cases and you are a slave to the therapy.
Still don’t believe me? Check this out – http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/autoimmune-treatment-market-research-27.html
Here’s a little bit on Humira: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/02/business/la-fi-humira-20110602
Here’s a report from AARDA ( I really like that group ) http://www.aarda.org/pdf/cbad.pdf