Jerry Keeble: Government regulations increase prices

December 28, 2013 

A letter writer asked why his life-saving inhaler was so expensive (“Why are my inhalers so expensive?” Letters, Dec. 18). Several years back the air pollution board determined that a simple propellant was bad for the environment and forced drug companies to create a new propellant for their products.

This new product needed a new patent so that no generic would be available. So the consumer was charged three times the previous price because no generic propellant could be manufactured for 20 years. Even though the new, improved product did not work as well and was less in content, it cost more. In other words, what cost $20 went to $288. We must stop rogue government in the next election.



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