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This Drug Could End H.I.V. Why Hasn’t It?

This Drug Could End H.I.V. Why Hasn’t It?

Update: 2019-06-0576
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Dr. Robert Grant developed a treatment — a daily pill known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP — that could stop the AIDS crisis. We look at why that hasn’t happened. Guests: Dr. Grant, who has been working on H.I.V. treatment and prevention for over 30 years, and Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science and health reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

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Mia Stewart

If this drug was given out to incarcerated males, I bet it would make a difference for obvious reasons.

Jun 18th
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Jacob

The reason drug patents exist is so that pharmaceutal companies are incentivized to do research. You have to pay PhD scientists a lot, instruments (set-up and upkeep) cost a lot, consumables cost a lot, rats for studies cost a lot, running fume hoods costs a lot, chemicals cost a lot, etcetc. It might cost pennies to make a drug, but it costs BILLIONS to bring that drug to market, IF it succeeds. If they cant make that money back, the next drug isnt coming out. Again, condoms are less than 20 bucks a box (for ~15) and are very easy to use. If youre having sex with someone you dont know or trust (which is already a problem), put a condom on.

Jun 11th
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Soulless Engineer

Jacob Instrument setup and upkeep costs next to nothing. Buying the instruments in the first place is the pricey bit. Consumables cost next to nothing, running a fume hood costs no more than running the fan in your bathroom, and "chemicals" are also, generally speaking, a lot less expensive than you might think. That just leaves rats, and I can't claim any personal experience in buying those, as I can the rest, but I really can't imagine their price tag being high enough to justify the exorbitant price of the drug.

Jun 17th
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NickyMax

Jacob hmmm

Jun 11th
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Jacob

"Why hasnt it" Because people dont take it. The non-compliance in preventative health is insanely tragic. We already could have erradicated AIDs with condoms and safe sex, and yet, here we are.

Jun 11th
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Mateus Oliveira

$14,000 in pure profit? Uhhhhh, if you completely leave out the cost of developing/testing the drug and the fact that they invest most of their “profits” into developing more drugs which is the reason why America (bar none) has the BEST drugs and the reason why all the new drugs come out in America first as opposed to anywhere else in the world who have to wait years for them. Also, if you ignore the fact that there isn’t a huge market for HIV prevention drugs (At least not compared to most other drugs like arthritis or diabetes etc.) which means the cost is higher per individual to cover the costs of creating the drug in the first place... “Your prices are killing people” has to be one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever heard. You are not entitled to a product they created, they are not killing anyone (the disease is)... What this company did was invent a drug that has saved thousands of people lives who beforehand would of had 0 chance of surviving. Pharmaceuticals aren’t charities and shouldn’t sell products for dirt cheap loosing tens or possibly hundreds of millions of dollars leading to bankruptcy (And therefore no new drugs). Saying “Their prices are killing people” is like telling AT&T that it’s their fault someone who couldn’t afford their phone bills died because AT&T was too expensive for them.

Jun 5th
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William M Westcott

Mateus Oliveira Says someone who can’t spell. And you missed the part where the government did the testing for this use. Use your brain. People like hating on non conspiracy or Ben Shapiro type “journalists” these days but pls be a little less lazy about it.

Jun 26th
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Mateus Oliveira

James Smith Yea... a tiny fraction of the total investment that went into testing, developing, etc. was from taxpayers. Someone didn’t do research for themselves after listening to the podcast and just took everything that they said for gospel 😂😂😂😂😱😱😱😱😱😂😂😂😂😂😱😱😱😱

Jun 10th
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Travis Tern

of course the drugs cost nothing to make.. the cost was in the millions possibly billions Gilead invested in R&D to make the drug exist in the first place.. this is the problem with this podcast often giving people the wrong impression on issues.

Jun 5th
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Tadas Simokaitis

Travis Tern What? As if they did not take it up in this episode? It's what this whole episode is about, basically. Cash VS. Lives

Jun 5th
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Stephen Uba

Such a Beautiful Podcast! Rare! Good Job! If only the Human race can just quit being detrimentally segmented!

Jun 5th
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Mack Cyrus

The epidemic is the virus, HIS. Not AIDS. AIDS is not a disease, it's a condition. HIV is a disease. It's like saying blisters with fever epidemic instead of measles epidemic or paralyzing epidemic instead of polio epidemic. Not everyone with HIV has an immune deficiency related disease.

Jun 5th
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This Drug Could End H.I.V. Why Hasn’t It?

This Drug Could End H.I.V. Why Hasn’t It?