Baldness cure comes at a price

Via  James LeFanu

The latest “medical breakthrough”, a cure for the incurable baldness of alopecia that affects many people, including the TV presenter Gail Porter, appears – unusually – to be the real thing. Dr Raphael Clynes of Columbia University reported last week that several months’ treatment with the immune suppressant ruxolitinib resulted in “complete hair regrowth” in three patients. Still, his prediction that this is likely to have a “dramatic positive effect” would seem improbable, given its annual price tag of £43,200.

The main reason that this new type of drug, from a group known as “biologics”, is so costly is that they are more difficult to manufacture than conventional drugs. This, in turn, limits the opportunity for other companies to produce generic forms that would drive down costs. Read ful article…

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