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America's Scary New Reality: The Poor Can't Afford Pneumonia Treatment Anymore

Natasha Hakimi Zapata
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Natasha Hakimi Zapata is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American Literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She also holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a…
Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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According to a family physician writing at Daily Kos, what was once a life-saving $4 antibiotic now costs more than 10 times the price thanks to corporate greed and none other than the Koch brothers. In other words, slowly but surely, only the rich will be able to afford survival in the good ol’ USA.

Daily Kos:

For years, doxycycline has been a valuable drug for physicians who treat the indigent — unemployed or underemployed folks without insurance. A staple of $4 drug lists, it can be used to treat everything from bronchitis to “walking” pneumonia to urinary tract infections to skin infections to acne to venereal disease—and it covers some rarer infections like Lyme’s and is sometimes used for malaria prevention, too.

For as long as I can remember–and I am pretty damn old—doxycycline, a twice a day form of tetracycline has been widely available and cheap as dirt.

And then, this winter, something surprising and very troubling happened….

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—Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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