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In the US I am paying about $3,200 for a month of simponi (one shot)

My son just moved to Japan where he is also on simponi, just like he was in the US, and the shot costs $1,600. HALF the cost of the US. Gotta love the US healthcare system


No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries.

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Hello,

The price is really inflated several times but in Europe it's even more ridicilous because there is a huge difference between EU countries so German pharma companies go to countries in Eastern Europe where it's cheaper buy all the supplies and then sell at a triple the price back in their own country.

Biologics have become multi-million business and will soon start bankrupting entire healthcare systems in smaller European countries.

Simponi here costs $1,000

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I would be interesting to know what the exposure is to Law suites in Japan compared to the US.

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Smeds,

Since Japan has Universal Healthcare Coverage, I doubt they have the same plaque of medical lawsuits the we have grown accustomed to.

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Add in all the cost support programs we have in the US . Those programs have to exist in a country that has so many uninsured and under insured so they can get the meds. But they drive up the price of the med to not only administer them but the cost to give so much medicine away free or to subsidize those costs. Those programs do not exist in Japan either as everyone is covered

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No families take so little medicine as those of doctors, except those of apothecaries.

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by 2020 biologics will be the firstline of tratement thanks to biosimilars that will bring the cost of biolgics down significantly.


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Originally Posted By: Amrit_Singh
by 2020 biologics will be the firstline of tratement thanks to biosimilars that will bring the cost of biolgics down significantly.


Hope so, but the US just extended several biological patents I believe. Once again US customers will be the last to see any price break from these as well.


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