Doctors question the high cost of some cancer drugs

article-new_ehow_images_a06_cp_l0_understanding-deductible-maximum-out_of_pocket-co_pays-800x800Doctors and researchers, who specialize in the potentially deadly blood cancer known as chronic myeloid leukemia, contend in a commentary published online by a medical journal Thursday that the prices of drugs used to treat that disease are astronomical, unsustainable and perhaps even immoral.They suggested that charging high prices for a medicine needed to keep someone alive is profiteering, akin to jacking up the prices of essential goods after a natural disaster and they are quite correct.  It comes down to a very simple principle; drug companies understand that no insurer is going to turn down the request of a patient with cancer for medication even if the medication will only keep them alive for a short while with a deteriorating quality of life.   Continue reading