Beyond mere spam

I think this would bother me:

It’s not like the manufacturer is going broke, apparently:

Like all of the TNF inhibitors, infliximab is an expensive medication, costing about US$900 for a 100 mg dose, and within the United States is covered by almost every medical insurance plan (though caps on many plans make it possible to be covered for only a subset of treatments in the course of a year). Infliximab is supplied as a sterile, white, lyophilized (freeze-dried) powder, so must be reconstituted and administered by a health care professional, usually in a hospital or office setting. For this reason, it is usually covered under major medical insurance rather than prescription drug coverage. The loading regimen for all approved indications occurs at weeks 0, 2, and 6 at the above dosages.

A check of the formulary at CFI Care (not its real initials) got the Nelson Muntz treatment.

Respondents to the original thread estimate the price of this mailer as $25-55 per unit, which I presume you can afford to spend if you’re getting $900 per dose.

(Via SwiftOnSecurity.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    17 April 2017 · 1:51 pm

    I would find that kind of thing somewhat insulting: they’re sending me a fancy doo-dad that plays an ad to, what? Thank me for spending a huge amount of money on their product (or, I suppose, thank me for my insurer, maybe, being willing to spend on it). I wonder what said doo-dad cost, actually.

    At least the endless e-mails I get from Sirius XM and JoAnn Fabrics and the like have the virtue of not being that expensive to produce. And “throwing them away” is easier than throwing this thing would be.

  2. McG »

    17 April 2017 · 2:04 pm

    Whoever came up with that needs to be ridden through town strapped to the grille of his CEO’s Maybach.

  3. Holly H »

    18 April 2017 · 8:52 am

    Agree with both comments. I assert that our government should set limits on drug prices. Yes, I know that sounds like wild socialism to some, but Naked Capitalism, unleashed, gets pretty wild too.

  4. Chuck Pergiel »

    20 April 2017 · 8:48 pm

    I like McG’s comment. Unfortunately we now live in a post-industrial era where nothing is worth what you think it should be. The important part of this idiotic exercise is that it kept a whole bunch of people busy and off the streets. The meetings in the marketing department probably consumed more time and money than actually producing the gee-gaw. I predict we will start seeing similar things on the backs of cereal boxes later next week. Shoot, on the front where they will waving and talking to you as you walk down the cereal aisle at the grocery store. Bring back the sun god. Then we can put people to work building pyramids, which are real things, not this ephemeral electronic crap.

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