Why drugs cost more in America


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  • Vox
    Vox   5 months back

    Hi everyone, we accidentally made this video public around 9pm ET last evening, and had to take it down. We're releasing it now as a new video, sorry for the confusion and to anyone who may have gotten a notification last night for a video that they were unable to watch!

    • TheSP33DFREAK
      TheSP33DFREAK  3 months back

      Hey! Nice video! Keep up the good work!

    • laresdanya ruiz
      laresdanya ruiz  3 months back

      Please talk about cystic fibrosis please

    • Luis Salzedas
      Luis Salzedas  5 months back

      @SpathaMagna Best comment yet, on a huge collection of informed comments! Too bad @vox just answers when you say "Hello"... Maybe they're thinking about taking the V ou of Vox and replacing it with an F...

    • Luis Salzedas
      Luis Salzedas  5 months back

      It's nice to see you guys giving funny answers to funny comments. But you messed up really bad on this video, and there's a lot of informed commentaries below that Vox is ignoring. Do you like to have an informed audience or are you just looking for clicking dummies?
      I can't take you guys seriously when you act like this...

    • T Bay
      T Bay  5 months back

      @The Nerd Log Are there continents called North America and South America?

  • Jessica Mould
    Jessica Mould  6 days back

    The prices for drugs in the uk are completely wrong, we have a fixed rate of around £8 for every prescription, no matter what the tablets are for.

    • Franklin Gomez
      Franklin Gomez  1 weeks back

      The disjoint in the morality of developing new drugs happened when research teams started to be lead by people with MBA's and not Doctors.

      • Giorno Giovanna
        Giorno Giovanna  3 weeks back

        This channel doesn't know there's no such country called America.

        • Chris Floyd
          Chris Floyd  1 months back

          Maybe the IS could subsidize R&D costs to bring down final costs on the market. They benefit just about everyone and the incentive to make a good product would still be there. Idk, I'm just hoping we get some form of healthcare that actually helps people instead of works for profit

          • sel ;-;
            sel ;-;  1 months back

            This video is extremely disappointing. I can tell, from the usual Vox videos I watch, that this one was made from someone different.

            • Suave JAE
              Suave JAE  1 months back

              As a Rastafari, the only medicine you have are the things that come from the Earth: Fruits, veggies, grains.

              • Your Boy Mr Mac
                Your Boy Mr Mac  1 months back

                Interestingly, Americans are also massively subsidising the cost of defense forces in other parts of the world. Places like Europe and Asia don't have to guard against their neighbours' aggression because the freakishly huge American military (in theory) keeps those neighbours in check.

                • Umur Karagöz
                  Umur Karagöz  1 months back

                  *Next video:* US _still_ don't use the metric system becuz of rest of the world.

                  • Ken Evanska
                    Ken Evanska  1 months back

                    I got my last two epi pens for nothing. UK, not 37$

                    • TheElDialblo
                      TheElDialblo  2 months back

                      It's important to remember that market principles with competition doesn't apply to drugs because of the patent system and therefor cannot be compared with many other products

                      • icfoo2
                        icfoo2  2 months back

                        You forgot to mention the generic side. Kinda a big part.

                        • charles foltz
                          charles foltz  2 months back


                          • SemiAuto_NiNjA
                            SemiAuto_NiNjA  2 months back

                            That's called capitalism. An open market ,Free trade, For profit , by business owners. It's literally the whole point. Sure it's nice to have free education and healthcare. But when you need doctors and teachers in your everything for free country, you will only get the most basic cheapest ones. You never hear of medical breakthroughs or higher education in places like Cuba for example. Sure it's all free but there's a catch.

                            • Julia V
                              Julia V  2 months back

                              Explain why it’s cheaper in Canada then

                              • Jaqu-Jaqu Land
                                Jaqu-Jaqu Land  2 months back

                                Drugs cost more because we continue to elect officials who could care less. Our health is of little concern when it come to money, and of little concern to ourselves. Bernie Sanders 20/20.

                                • michael lawton
                                  michael lawton  2 months back

                                  Mind blown! Thank you for this. Totally get it now. The thing is, that once those pharmaceutical companies make there money back, the price should go down. But it doesn't. Insulin drugs are 40 years old yet there still $600 for a 30 day supply... Also, these research and development companies receive billions in subsidies from the government, and spend millions on lobbying

                                  • Corvus Corax
                                    Corvus Corax  2 months back

                                    Remind me...didn't Orange Mussolini promise to lower the drug prices to the point of head spinning?

                                    • Fupayme4ever 47
                                      Fupayme4ever 47  2 months back

                                      "I live my whole life for a green piece of paper"
                                      - Styles P

                                      • Lingjie Zhang
                                        Lingjie Zhang  2 months back

                                        Supply demand doesn’t work on pharma. If they can charge more, they sure will do. Getting ripped off while still defending them. Mind blowing

                                        • Willi Bald
                                          Willi Bald  2 months back

                                          They are cheaper because more people buy worldwide than Us alone. You showed it. They get better prices because they buy more. And you forget that a lot of the price, is paid from the government of for example Austria not the private person. That’s why people from Austria pay monthly a small tax with every salary. 🤦‍♂️

                                          • amadexi
                                            amadexi  2 months back

                                            Americans are so generous to pay for our health care while they don't even have one for themselves. How selfless!

                                            • Tobias Kokansky
                                              Tobias Kokansky  2 months back

                                              Many blank facts here. Many pharmaceutical firms actually sell the products at a much lower price than what the media portrays. Novo Nordisk, for instance, have put huge discounts on their prices, but the middlemen keep this discount to themselves for higher margins instead of passing the discount on to the end user.

                                            • Josh Albert
                                              Josh Albert  2 months back


                                              • Chaz Beed
                                                Chaz Beed  3 months back

                                                Buy insurance ding dongs

                                                • Elba Morales
                                                  Elba Morales  3 months back

                                                  My child is 7 and insulin dependent. It scares me to know she might not be able to afford a medicine that keeps her alive everyday because how inflated the price is. She told me about 4 months after diagnoses at 6 years old if I can help her when she’s older buy medicine . So I know she’s scared too .

                                                  • Silent_Spring_
                                                    Silent_Spring_  3 months back

                                                    But, access to a wider variety of drugs can lead to more addiction to opioids for example. Watch the Louis Theroux doc on heroin to see what I mean.

                                                    • Tanveer Ahmed
                                                      Tanveer Ahmed  3 months back

                                                      The last part of this video is not completely true. the reason why the prices are more expensive in the U.S is because of the Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM's) and what they do is jack up the prices drastically so that them along with the insurance companies can make even more money. The US is not subsidizing the costs of other countries drugs. A vial of insulin take only $6 to manufacture, but in Canada it costs $32 whereas it cost $340 in the US. So even with Canada's insulin cost, the drug makers are still making money.

                                                      • John Moore
                                                        John Moore  3 months back

                                                        I don’t think there should be a “worth while committee” let doctors decide.

                                                        • Daniel Lopez
                                                          Daniel Lopez  3 months back

                                                          TLDR; Because of Greed.

                                                          • danny boi
                                                            danny boi  3 months back

                                                            Let be honest.....if the US was completely whip off the face of this planet, EARTH WOULD BE BORING

                                                            • Brandon Stennett
                                                              Brandon Stennett  3 months back

                                                              Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

                                                              • A Google User
                                                                A Google User  3 months back

                                                                This might be the first time Trump ends up using a Vox video to bash other nations.
                                                                "Just like with NATO! We are paying for everything! They owe us the drug money! So unfair! Sad!"

                                                                • Kerza AG
                                                                  Kerza AG  3 months back

                                                                  Yet Trump does absolutely nothing about it.

                                                              • johan lorenzi
                                                                johan lorenzi  3 months back

                                                                What do you mean Vox ??!?!?!? I'm truely disagreeing by what you said on the video's end. US and European markets have in general not the same compagnies for meds. The US governement for sure is taxing your medecine and in europe the gouvernement is PROVIDING everything for your health. So this kind of conclusion is actually not true. If you are overpaying for medecine it's not the fault of other civilised european country but it's the fault of your own country that put capitalism in front of everything (even of your lives.)

                                                                • Lilou ou
                                                                  Lilou ou  3 months back

                                                                  1 mistake: US drug prices don't fund research for other countries. France do plenty. How do companies finance it? The state gives them a 10 yrs monopoly: no generic allowed, they're the only 1 allowed to sell the molecule in the whole country during 10yrs.

                                                                  • Lilou ou
                                                                    Lilou ou  3 months back

                                                                    As seen here, huge drug prices are not necessary to cover research, they're just necessary to cover Pharma CEOs' beach villa

                                                                • Lilou ou
                                                                  Lilou ou  3 months back

                                                                  If a drug isn't accessible in 1 EU country, it can only be because it's useless (there are available alternatives more effective, OR as effective but less expensive...) Agencies can't refuse to comercialize a drug for other reasons. Any protest= not based on medical facts/actual need for a drug that lacks, but based on people who don't know much about medicine so don't know this drug is not useful. Ex: French protest for homeopathy. Anyways, you can still order unavailable drugs in other EU countries: a German prescription is valid for drugs all over the EU (with 28 countries, you'll find 1 who has it).

                                                                  • John V
                                                                    John V  3 months back

                                                                    The worst video ever for vox. Journalism at the lowest. Missing major points, incomplete research. And the worst conclusion ever. Point blank blame on rest of the world for things which US politics can't control and rest of the world can.

                                                                    • Natasha N
                                                                      Natasha N  3 months back

                                                                      I'll keep my NHS thank you!

                                                                      • Aisling
                                                                        Aisling  3 months back

                                                                        British immigrant to America. Guess why.

                                                                        • John Smith
                                                                          John Smith  3 months back

                                                                          There is a major flaw in your reasoning. First, go and see the price of say, knee replacement surgery in the US, and other countries (sadly I don't have access to such information). You are guaranteed to see a difference. Is the US subsidising the price of knee replacement surgery for other countries?

                                                                          • Air Force
                                                                            Air Force  3 months back

                                                                            Basically socialism vs capitalism

                                                                            • Darooj
                                                                              Darooj  3 months back

                                                                              I got advair for 25 bucks from America

                                                                              • Trash King
                                                                                Trash King  3 months back

                                                                                omg this video would both turn on and turn off freedomtoons

                                                                                • Rogue Studios
                                                                                  Rogue Studios  3 months back

                                                                                  wut... a weird conclusion lol... this is cleary an American issue, you even highlighted the way other governments buy their drugs, considering what's best for the public and negotiating a fair price so that the public can get access to drugs to make life better.
                                                                                  So... because the American doesn't have that... its suddenly everyone's fault? lol?

                                                                                  • Swede McGuire
                                                                                    Swede McGuire  3 months back

                                                                                    The last assertion that the rest of the world benefits by Americans paying more for prescription drugs is speculative. If there is evidence for it, Vox needs to substantiate this claim...it can link to authoritative case studies for example. They can make this piece as long as they wish, they cannot claim that they've needed to make the assertion and then end the video moments later in the interests of brevity. The issue of drug pricing both internationally and nationally is a crucial one, Vox hasn't made it's case.... it has made a claim and then bailed, this feels like mischief. Vox is being partisan.

                                                                                    • Andrew A
                                                                                      Andrew A  3 months back

                                                                                      Government regulations

                                                                                      • Karim A
                                                                                        Karim A  4 months back

                                                                                        lol ok thanks America, I guess.

                                                                                        • Chen S
                                                                                          Chen S  4 months back

                                                                                          Why dietary supplements are cheaper in USA though?