From the Sacramento Bee comes the evolving story of promising cancer drug Avistan, tested, approved and marketed to fight colon cancer. Well, it seems Avistan may also be useful in prolonging the lives of those suffering from late-stage breast and lung cancers.
The drug is manufactured by Genentech. As a treatment for colon cancer, Avistan's cost is set at $50,000 per year. But as a drug to fight breast and lung cancer, the same medicine is expected to be $100,000/year!
Why the difference? The reason it's gonna cost you, your insurance company, and anyone with health insurance double what it costs to treat colon cancer? Well, as the article in the Bee reveals, "Genentech is signaling that the higher cost to treat breast cancer, for example, reflects the higher value society places on fighting that disease"!
So if you have to contract cancer, try for one of the higher valued ones as determined by society. It's treatment will cost you a little more but, trust Genentech, society cares more about you. Oh, and by the way, while you may be paying double for the same drug if you have breast or lung cancer, take comfort in knowing the extra $50,000/yr. you're being charged includes a lot of free screwing. Be consoled knowing, as badly as you may be feeling as a result of the cancer ravaging your body, you're getting fucked for free! Many times over! This is capitalism du jour. Capitalism at its finest, shortly before it gets sucked back into the black void of another failed ideology that millions have died for or because of.
As the Sacramento Bee ultimately asks, "What would a drug company try to charge if it had a drug that actually cured cancer?"
Well, Dada has the answer: "Don't worry about it, you couldn't afford it. That would be a drug for the Cheneys, the Bushes, and the Clintons. You're best hope is to opt for the $100,000/year inferior drug with the free screwings."