[Ip-health] US Patient Petition Calling for Reduction of Gleevec Price

Joana Ramos jdr at ramoslink.info
Fri May 11 10:29:07 PDT 2012

For the first time that I am aware of, an individual patient with CML 
has started a petition on change.org calling on Novartis to lower the 
price of Gleevec in the US.  It's notable as a reflection of the growing 
economic desperation here, although there are some clarity issues around 
the petition's messaging on dynamics of price controls. The 
already-high, formerly global price has climbed sharply upward in recent 
years, and coincides with privately insured patients being now forced to 
shoulder much more of the cost themselves, increasingly impossible for 
so many. Informal survey shows that the retail price of an average 
monthly dose of 30 - 400mg tablets seems to now be in the US $6000- 
$7500 range.

Timing of the sharp price increase is notable too as the expiration date 
nears for the original US patent.

Link to the petition:

Link to blog post on the topic:
US Patient Petition Calling for Reduction of Gleevec Price


Joana Ramos, MSW
Independent Health Policy Consultant
Portuguese Medical Interpreter
Seattle WA

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