The latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate over high drug prices is Emflaza, an $89,000-a-year drug that treats Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
People who have been watching the drug price issue closely, however, can reasonably ask why there is so much heat at that price tag?
Late last year, two drugs went on the market for six-figure prices. Exondys 51 sells for $300,000 a year and Spinraza for a whopping $750,000.
While they did draw headlines, neither of those drugs sparked the bipartisan congressional firestorm and patient outcry that Emflaza ignited this week. Here are five reasons why:
1. It’s not a new drug.
Emflaza, the brand name for deflazacort, has never been approved for sale in the United States, but the steroid has been sold for decades in other countries — at much lower prices. [Read more…] about 5 reasons why an $89,000 drug has Congress fuming