Dr. Rajkumar is right for the following reasons:
1) Old drugs like Gleevex(Novaris) and Melphalan(GlaxoSmithKline) have had outrageous price increases over time. CLICK HERE or HERE
2) Drug companies cry high costs of R&D, yet prices are similar for high and low volume diseases. Fixed costs like R&D go down linearly with volume. So for all of the most common cancers, patients with breast, colon, and lung cancer are getting totally ripped off.
Dr. Fonseca is right for the following reason:
1) Profit is the only driver for Pharma companies for the development of new game changing drugs. Government and non profit cancer organizations try but are sadly incapable of properly funding cancer research, therefore Pharma must fill this gap.
How can both of them be right. I believe they are both correct, however sometimes, and I think that sometimes is now, government needs to make sure the playing field is level. My original statement was, "Save me as long as I do not have to pay!" Unfortunately some people can not pay for the out of control drug price increases. It reminds me of an old skit by Jack Benny "Your Money Or Your LIFE?" because when someone has this kind of control over your life and death, I say that is a monopoly and the government has laws for that.