Like hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, tonight I saw the W5 documentary “The Liberation Wars”
It certainly got me thinking about which MS treatments are allowed in Canada, and which are not.
I got to thinking about some of the dollars involved in the treatments.
I shot Teva products into my arm every day for ten years, so I know a a bit about the kind of money that company pulls down. Their Copaxone injections cost my workplace drug plan $18,000 a year, which goes a long way to explain how the makers of the world’s top-selling MS drug did gross sales of $11 billion in 2008.And then there is Biogen Idec, the makers of Tysabri, the MS treatment that costs 17,000 US a month, I’ve been told. Fine firms both, I am sure, that have poured millions into research along the way. We likely know a lot more about immune reactions thanks to their studies.
But still, I wonder about medical consultants or advisors to firms of such unimaginable wealth. Such advisors could do so out of the kindness of their hearts. Or they could be paid handsomely for their association with such corporations. I might have my own thoughts and so might you, but the next time the news media interviews such an individual in relation to the whole debate about which MS treatments Canadians are allowed to receive, they might do a huge service to the discourse by simply asking: “how much money have you personally received from companies that manufacture and market drugs used to treat MS” — with the camera rolling.
Don’t you think?