This isn't directly pertinent to OLA, but another example of corporate greed screwing us over.
I have gout, an arthritic condition. The two medicines for this are Indocin and Colchicine. Colchicine has some nasty side effects, but works, and it used to be really cheap, at 10 cents per pill. It's been used as a treatment for some 3500 years (i.e. before Jesus or the Buddha walked the earth). Indocin is rougher on the kidneys, so colchicine is better in that way.
In 2009, to get this pre-FDA drug clinically tested, the FDA gave URL Pharma an exclusive right to sell the drug. They raised the price to $5 per pill, and then sued to prevent other drug companies from selling colchicine.
This is a rip off against patients and insurance companies. The FDA should just do its own trials, and keep the price down to 10 cents - or if necessary to fund the trials from pill sales, put a surcharge on the pills.
I've taken five pills so far. In the old days, this would have cost 50 cents. Today, it's $25. Thankfully, I have insurance - but I actually feel sympathy for the insurance company on this one! More rage at the link: