The Weekly: The Six Million Dollar Claim
The Weekly: The Six Million Dollar Claim
25 min • Business & Technology, Health & Science • 2019 • M

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Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly shifting research and development spending to socalled orphan drugs: medications for patients with rare diseases, which can be sold at exorbitant costs. The upside is that patients with rare conditions now have access to life-saving medications. But as THE WEEKLY found out, it could also bankrupt their employers. We tell the story of an American woman whose prescription medication is costing over USD1.5 million a year. (Episode 11 of 30)