I wonder why it is assumed that the cost to your goverment would be the same as the cost to others. In Australia for example we have the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (as part of our base universal health service). No drug, once included in that scheme can cost the consumer more than $31-00 ($3-00 for the retired or disavantaged). The pharmaceutical companies will fight tooth and nail to get their particular drug included and the government has no hesitation in playing hard ball on the price it is prepared to pay. Simple supply and demand ------- they are a big buyer, they demand a much reduced price per unit.
Post Edited (BillyMac) : 3/31/2011 6:55:01 PM (GMT-6)