While drugmakers defend their five and six-digit drug prices as reflecting research and development and continued clinical trial spend, lawmakers have questions.
In 2019, the late以利亚·e·卡明斯，，，，Representative from Maryland’s 7th district and chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, launched an investigation into the pricing practices of 12 drug companies that sell the most costly meds, an inquiry thatcontinues。
In 2021, the Committee held hearings into the price of AbbVie’s Humira, whose price has beenraised 27 times。现在，每个注射器的重量为2,984美元。Abbvie和Janssen Biotech拥有raised the price自2013年以来，他们的癌症药物伊姆布鲁维卡（Imbruvica）九次；现在，它每年的价格为181,529美元。Abbvie也从大流行中表现出色 -$1.3 billion in the second quarterfrom COVID-19 test sales.
Reneging on price hikes after the 2017 pledge is not the only recent drug maker reversal. During the summer of 2020, Pharmas joined 1,000 other companies in a “Stop Hate” boycott campaign against Facebook because of the tech giant’s alleged refusal to stop hate speech. Now many have executed astealth return到Facebook。
The ethics of marketing junk food to children with cartoons, celebrities and sports heroes has been hotly debated. Marketing meds to children has received less scrutiny.
Some years ago, Britain’s National Health Servicepublishedkid-friendly brochures promoting the antipsychotics Zyprexa and Risperdal to children and the ADHD drug Strattera. “Many children, teenagers and young people need to take medicines prescribed by doctors to help them stay well and healthy,” says the Zyprexa text amid cartoons of happy children skating, rollerblading and playing soccer.
大多数人知道aggressive ADHD drug marketing–– “Give ’em the Grape” says an ad for grape flavored Methylin –– but fewer realize that GERD meds are advertised for infants. “GERD Can Be a Big Problem for Little Kids,”说获奖用于prevacid的广告，病理学“吐痰”。