DHH @dhh Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp, NYT best-selling author, and Le Mans 24h class-winning racing driver. Apr. 21, 2019 1 min read

Every episode of Dirty Money on @netflix is worth watching, but given how the US healthcare system is finally under serious review for radical reform, none is more timely than “EP3: Drug Short” on Valeant and prescription drug price gouging 🌟

The literal pitch from Valeant’s CEO, who flew high on this strategy for years until fraud brought him down, was: Spending profits on R&D is wasteful. Just buy old drugs without competition and increase prices hundreds of percent. Voila, that’s how you run a big pharma company!

That’s how far out of whack the system has gotten: Pharma CEOs can brag about how ripping off sick people who has no choice but to pay is way better business than looking for more cures. And everyone just goes: oh cool! Stock’s up!

As is often so, the scandal isn’t so much what Valeant did that was illegal, but everything they did that was not. Anyway, give it a watch and tell me we don’t need a fundamental reboot of the US healthcare system.


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