Experts left baffled as cheap, widely available drug suddenly becomes expensive and scarce

By Tony Curram

Medical experts have been left stumped as a routine, cheap, easy to manufacture and plentiful drug suddenly becomes astronomically expensive and difficult to procure, with some cynics citing it may have something to do with being discovered as an effective treatment against Coronavirus.

Dexamethasone is a type of corticosteroid medication, that’s used to treat a plethora of conditions from asthma and skin conditions, to rheumatic problems, meaning its already in the system and readily available. It was found the drug cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators and by a fifth for those on oxygen.

“We couldn’t believe our luck!” said Dr Connor, a doctor working on an intensive care ward in London “We’d been hoping for a breakthrough like this for a while now; finding an already existing drug that can combat the disease,”

“But that’s when weird things started happening. The next day I went to order some extra units, and found it was suddenly ‘out of stock’ and the price had tripled due to ‘supply and demand’, I contacted our suppliers straight away as clearly there had to be a mistake!”

“Oh, of course there was a mistake,” said Mr Reed, a spokesman for Merck & Co pharmaceuticals “and there will be several little ‘mistakes’; issues with deliveries, the manufacturing process. We’ll keep going until we find a new, higher price with a bunch of excuses, that doesn’t make us look like we’re completely taking the piss.”

“It’s just what Pharmaceutical companies do; you’re welcome!”

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