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  • b12s_slurpy b12s_slurpy Jan 24, 2011 12:04 PM Flag

    China sells pirfenidone:::$22/kg

    i just post em as i see em.

    but why does Cipla in India SELL pirfenidone
    for $0.47 a tablet?

    could it be that it costs next to nothing
    to produce pirfenidone?

    • Yawn.

      Skippy, I give you points for persistence, but this seems like kind of a dumb point to be pushing - even for you.

      Yes, this stuff doesn't cost a lot to manufacture. So what? Is it USP grade? Was it made in a certified and FDA or EU-approved GMP facility?

      And when it passes those hurdles, how do you get it to patients? Do you really think IPF patients will be buying this stuff on the black market? It may benefit patients in countries where no patents apply, but that isn't going help many patients in the EU or US unless they want to live abroad.

      If Skippy-the-entrepeneur smuggles 100 kg of Indian-made pirfenidone into the EU, what then? Standing outside pulmonary clinics in a trench coat whispering "hey, monsieur...".

 
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