The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Keeping Us Broke and Sick

Nov 22, 2021

During 2020, that is, during the pandemic, the largest drug-makers hiked the price for seven of the 10 costliest drugs, adding more than a billion dollars to what users paid.

For example, Humira is widely advertised for arthritis during the big news programs on television. It is just one example of a drug whose maker pushed up the price by almost 500% since it came on the market in 2002.

The manufacturers constantly trot out the excuse of how much it costs to make new drugs, but they spend the largest amount of their budgets on advertising and pushing doctors to prescribe their drug versus another one.

The U.S. spends twice as much on drugs per person as do the other rich countries. It’s always about the Benjamins, no matter what some politicians up for elections have to say.