Drug maker hikes price of 2-in-1 painkiller >2,000%--$36 drugs now $3,000


        Irish drug company Horizon Pharma has hiked the price of a
        two-in-one painkiller by more than 2,000 percent in the past
        five years, according to a report in Financial Times A 60-pill
        bottle of the drug combo, Vimovo, cost $138 in 2013 when
        AstraZeneca sold it to Horizon.  The bottle now costs $2,979
        after Horizon raised the price on 11 occasions.  Vimovo is a
        combination of the common painkiller naproxen and
        esomeprazole. Naproxen is the active ingredient in Bayer's
        over-the-counter painkiller Aleve. A side effect of naproxen
        is gastrointestinal issues, including stomach pain and
        heartburns. As such, Vimovo combines it with esomeprazole, a
        proton-pump inhibitor that treats heartburn. Esomeprazole is
        sold over the counter by AstraZeneca as Nexium.  Bought
        separately, the two can cost as little as $36 total.

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These pharma execs are worse than most of the people in prison. Lock
these execs up, and keep them locked up, ideally in a tight hogtie, so
that they can really learn about pain.

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