The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it had approved the first new drug in 20 years to treat the paralyzing disease ALS.So you want single-payer health care. You want insurance companies to go out of business, and you trust the government (currently run by Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress) to pay for your health care. How much should government spend? When is an amount too much? Uncle Sugar has big pockets, are you OK with the cost above--for all 20,000-30,000 people in the US with ALS?
The drug is not a cure but can slow down the inexorable worsening of the disease, which gradually paralyzes patients completely. It's always fatal and there is no cure...
It's in fact the first new drug approved for ALs since 1995, when riluzole, sold under the brand name Rilutek, was approved.
Radicava is given in the form of an intravenous infusion, with two weeks of daily treatments followed by a two week break...
It comes at a price. Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America says the drug will cost more than $1,000 per infusion.
"If taken annually for 12 months or 13 cycles, according to the dosing and administration in the label, the cost before government discounts, will be $145,524," the company said.
You can't just go on emotion, you have to think as well. Can we afford this? What are the costs--not just dollar costs, but costs to freedom and privacy--in having the government this involved in your private life?