Why ‘Generic’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Cheap’

12:14 minutes

When Turing Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price of a decades-old drug from $13.50 to $750 a pill, the company sparked nationwide outcry over the price of medicine. Aaron Kesselheim and Stephen Schondelmeyer pull back the curtain on the generic drug sector and talk about price spikes, FDA backlogs, and why some generic meds can cost nearly as much as brand-name pills.

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About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata is Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.