Thursday, April 14, 2016

The cost of treatment kills

Hi there,

This week, ATTN: released a video that addresses America's high drug prices, a heated campaign topic that almost every presidential candidate has addressed. Unlike many European countries, prescription drugs in the U.S. don't have price caps set by the government, and, as a result, Americans are often shocked to learn that they're paying a lot more for medicine. U.S. prices for the world's top-20 best-selling drugs were three times higher, on average, than prices in the U.K., according to analysis from Reuters last year.

Check out this video to learn more about America's drug prices:

While it's true that pharmaceutical companies need to make a profit in order to invent new drugs to help us live longer and healthier lives, there's also evidence that significant amounts of these profits are going toward marketing and advertising, not research and development.

This debate highlights an ongoing philosophical conflict playing out in this year's election: At what point should the government step in and regulate the free market? Let us know in the comments.

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+ The Rich Kids of Instagram's Poor Decisions Just Backfired in a Major Way
+ Here's How Many Affordable Housing Units Poor People Can Rent in Each State

Talk to you soon,
Matthew
Co-Founder, ATTN:


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