Why Does This Acne Cream Cost $10,000?

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The acne gel Aloquin contains soothing aloe polysaccharides and Iodoquinol, an antifungal and antibacterial agent. There are 60 grams in the tube, it’s only available by prescription, and according to the drug’s site, it’s an option for skin when “hydrocortisone is not appropriate.” Besides acne, it is also intended for treating eczema.

And, it costs $9,561.

You heard that right: On the heels of EpiPen skyrocketing, Aloquin rose in price from $240 last year, to the new teetering-at-almost-$10K-cost last week. (Chicago-based Novum Pharma bought the medication from Primus Pharmaceuticals in May of 2015 and has since raised the price three different times since the purchase.)

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What’s more, the FDA coins this acne treatment as only “possibly effective,” meaning there’s not a lot of clinical data indicating it’s safe or even effective. Plus, if you look at the ingredients (no offense aloe), they aren’t all that special. 

“From a clinical standpoint, a drug listed as ‘possibly effective’ by the FDA, shouldn’t be a likely treatment choice by doctors—especially not with a $10,000 price tag,” Michael Rea, chief executive of Rx Savings Solutions told CNBC.

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