The average cost of a gram of the drug is $1,074 in 2014, according to a drug pricing research firm. That means an ounce of a particular type of drug could cost $8,800.
Some experts believe prices will go up as the market is opened up.
“There’s almost no price in the country that isn’t on some sort of drug,” said David L. Levine, a professor of law and health economics at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. “It’s very difficult for the pharmaceutical businesses to price in this drug.”
By David Linnell. This article was originally posted at The Center for Media and Public Affairs, “The Black Media Report: No Place for the Media”
“Black America will never be able to survive without the black media.”
– Jesse Jackson Jr., President of the New York Dyke March Against White Racism, 1986.
With the release of the most recent Black Media Report, the Media Research Center (MRC), a progressive media watchdog, has documented a dramatic decline in black media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.
It should come as no surprise that the media’s silence has become deafening. Black Americans are far less likely than whites to trust the corporate media; many African-Americans distrust the news because of the way the U.S. criminal justice system is being perceived overseas.
Yet, despite its dire importance, the media’s silence remains deafening. Indeed, in recent days black journalists have been forced to defend their lack of involvement with the case.
On Wednesday, CNN host Don Lemon, who is also a former president of the NAACP, wrote in an op-ed for USA Today that “black media does so much more and cares far more about the Trayvon Martin case than anyone else. As far as the media is concerned, the facts don’t matter.”
To Lemon, this is tantamount to an admission that black Americans have not helped the case and have been silent during a crisis that requires all black citizens to speak up.
After Lemon’s op-ed aired, his colleague, Anderson Cooper, also spoke out. “From a black media perspective, there is a clear lack of support for the case by the black community and there has been some of that from other black outlets, but there is a different consensus in the black media when it comes to the case,” Cooper told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.
In an earlier interview with the New York Daily News, Cooper