Yeah, it's pretty dumb. Pharmaceutical companies here claim they have to charge such high prices because they invest a lot of money in research and development to develop new medicine. Problem is that the US government funds the majority of that research, so the taxpayers pay for these companies to develop medicine and treatments and then pay again at the pharmacy to have access to what they already paid to develop.
It also came out a few months ago that the major pharmaceutical companies were cooperating to rig prices super high. They would meet privately and arrange that none of them would go below a certain price for whatever, so that prices were artificially inflated. So much for competition on the free market and blah blah blah.
I have been also thinking lately about psychiatric diagnoses in general. These are developed by the American Psychological Association, and are very subjective. For instance, major depressive disorder: the DSM will list 9 symptoms, if an individual meets however many of those symptoms, he or she is depressed. A problem with this is that the symptoms described as being indicative of depression are subjective. As in, what is a depression symptom for one person could be typical behavior indicative of no pathology in another. Another problem is that psychiatrists use a lot of subjective judgment in diagnosis, one might say a behavior is pathological and another won't. There are other issues but I am getting lazy.
There was an experiment I read of from decades ago where several research participants presented at a mental health institution. They were all told to describe the same symptoms, which had been created by the experiment's designer beforehand and did not necessarily indicate any mental illness. The point was to see whether the participants would be admitted to the inpatient wing. All of them were, in fact, they had a great deal of difficulty explaining that they were part of a research experiment to the hospital staff and some were kept in the hospital for quite awhile against their will, even after the experiment designer contacted the hospital and corroborated what they were saying. The nurses and docs described their completely sane behavior as symptomatic of mental illness. Of course, I imagine if I were a psychiatrist and a psych patient tried telling me he or she was part of a psych experiment and didn't belong in a behavioral ward I would probably lean toward thinking they weren't part of any such experiment.