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Material cost of a pill with proven success to cure flu: 75¢. What do you think would be retail cost to consumer for bottle of 20 pills?

But adding to the material cost is cost of research, trials and testing plus advertising to sell the product and expenses for scientists' and other employee wages plus benefits, etc and last but not least is CEO and senior management pay, perks and benefits and annual multi million dollar bonuses.

Final calculation including retailer's mark-up.. how much would you guess to be cost to consumer for bottle of 20 pills?

Posted - Tue at 4:47 AM

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  • 8886
    Assuming it's not a "miracle pill" but a standard drug - $8,599. 

    The majority of the "cost isn't for research and development, rather it's for CEO/management's inordinately bloated pay, bonuses and perks, and for advertising (even though people must have a prescription to obtain it).  Also, the more popular a drug is, the more they will charge for it.    So if lots of people want/need this drug, they'll jack the price even higher (advertising pays off).
      September 14, 2021 12:06 PM MDT
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  • 11647
    Yes... Very good!

    It does happen to require a minimum of at least 21 pills to make the treatment effective. This post was edited by Kittigate at September 14, 2021 3:20 PM MDT
      September 14, 2021 12:37 PM MDT
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  • 8886
    That's in the "fine print".
      September 14, 2021 1:29 PM MDT
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  • 5472

    Of course, that price is only as long as the company holds the patent and there are no generic alternatives.

      September 15, 2021 7:49 AM MDT
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  • 38716
    With my coverage, $10.
      September 14, 2021 3:21 PM MDT
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  • 15330
    Tamiflu
    Two per day for seven days
    $21.34 with no insurance coverage but with a GoodRX card (which is free)
      September 14, 2021 5:12 PM MDT
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  • 11647
    Risk - benefit ratio for Tamiflu is controversial according to WHO.
      September 14, 2021 6:21 PM MDT
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  • 15330
     My daughter had the flu a few years ago and she got Flumadine and it was effective quickly clearing the disease.  I only had the flu once and I thought I was dying for about 10 days.  No antivirals at that time.  I do not take the flu shot but  masks and gloves are things I always use during flu season when the infection rate is high. This post was edited by Thriftymaid at September 14, 2021 10:00 PM MDT
      September 14, 2021 9:48 PM MDT
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  • 11647
    All right.. thank you.
      September 14, 2021 10:02 PM MDT
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