The drug known as as Daraprim is a pretty standard medicine, that up until recently was used for many years at a pretty affordable price. It’s primarily used as an effective treatment of Acute Malaria. Malaria is an infectious disease carried by Mosquitos, and it affects both humans and animals. It’s minor symptoms include headaches, fever, fatigue, and vomiting. However, Take note that Malaria can also cause very major symptoms such as coma, seizures, or even death.
Recently the entire medicinal field was shocked to learn that the price of Daraprim experienced a very dramatic increase overnight. Almost every hospital used this drug in treating Malaria-infected patients, but, due to the dramatic change of price, patients will need to spend way more to get this necessary treatment. This will be very sad news for many lower-income patients who need the drug, and probably won’t be able to pay for it after the huge price shift.
The drug’s chemical name is Pyrimethamine, and it is mainly manufactured by Turing Pharmaceuticals.Each professional gave various reasons for this immediate increase of the shocking change of price. However, this price changes affects only the patients, because it will basically force hospitals to use either this very expensive drug, or cheaper alternative therapies. The problem is that there are currently no other treatments that even come close to treating Malaria as effectively as Daraprim does.
Shortly after the price increase, many public hospitals announced that they would be removing Daraprim from their regular stock. The whole phenomenon has been a huge wake up call to the medical industry, and it will serve as yet another reminder of the age-old controversy surrounding the legality of dramatic drug price changes.