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Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Pyrrho » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:11 am

https://www.wired.com/story/this-pill-p ... ckel-a-pop

Basically, touting alleged anti-aging effects of metformin, a generic and, for now, a cheap medication prescribed for type 2 diabetes.
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Re: Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:34 am

There is something to this. I've been reading about the subtle benefits of Metformin every since my wife was diagnosed with Type 2.

I doubt it will raise the price any more than aspirin or ibuprofen. It might even lessen the price.

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Re: Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:39 am

Can somebody summarize without all the superfluous storytelling?
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Re: Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:43 am

Basically those who take metformin for type 2 diabetes have far fewer incidences of things like coronary artery disease, cancer, and a host of other age-related illnesses (when compared with those taking other meds to control their blood sugar). And in those fewer cases that they do get said illnesses, the recovery rate is higher. As far as I know the mechanism is not really well understood.

What it is not is something that you take to make you 'feel' better, though no doubt someone will market it as such. And in fact, when you first start taking it, the side effects can be a little ugly
https://www.drugs.com/sfx/metformin-side-effects.html
Sort of like when you first start taking statins.
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Re: Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:47 am

Anaxagoras wrote:Can somebody summarize without all the superfluous storytelling?
Metformin is a medication whose "on label" reason for prescribing it is type 2 diabetes. It is very effective and very cheap. Cheap enough that people without insurance can afford it, and with insurance is a few cents for a month's supply to the patient.

It is not a high profit item for "big pharma".

Someone is making fantastic "off label" claims for it, etc.
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Re: Yeah that ought to raise the price

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:52 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Anaxagoras wrote:Can somebody summarize without all the superfluous storytelling?
Metformin is a medication whose "on label" reason for prescribing it is type 2 diabetes. It is very effective and very cheap. Cheap enough that people without insurance can afford it, and with insurance is a few cents for a month's supply to the patient.

It is not a high profit item for "big pharma".

Someone is making fantastic "off label" claims for it, etc.
More like fantastic claims of subtle benefits. But in that fantastic claims require fantastic evidence, They have that.