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This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/27/health/covid-pill-access-molnupiravir.html) reduced by 91%. (I'm a bot) ***** > Under the licensing deal, Merck would continue to produce and sell the drug in wealthy nations and many middle-income ones at significantly higher prices. > Merck had already taken the step of licensing eight large Indian drug makers to produce generic versions of molnupiravir, pending authorization. > The company feared that production in just one region would not be enough to ensure rapid access to the drug across the developing world, said Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, Merck's vice president for global policy. ***** [**Extended Summary**](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/qgxcw4/merck_will_share_formula_for_its_covid_pill_with/) | [FAQ](http://np.reddit.com/r/autotldr/comments/31b9fm/faq_autotldr_bot/ "Version 2.02, ~605463 tl;drs so far.") | [Feedback](http://np.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%23autotldr "PM's and comments are monitored, constructive feedback is welcome.") | *Top* *keywords*: **drug**^#1 **Merck**^#2 **company**^#3 **countries**^#4 **molnupiravir**^#5


o87608760876

1 part Covid-19 5 part water Mix /s


phrost1982

We've always known how to make Concentrated Dark Matter.


Dictorclef

1 part mixture 5 part water Mix Repeat 100 times You've got the perfect cure! /s


wadaball

Having flashbacks to chemistry lab


jgillal

Don't forget the titration schedule!!! Heaven forbid


color_thine_fate

Lol this sounds like just drinking 5 gallons of water with one gallon of phlegm flavored Mio squirted in


bncts

Aka homeopathy


TavisNamara

No, that'd be one *drop* of phlegm.


moonflower_C16H17N3O

That's still too much. They'd dilute it so many times that it would be almost statistically impossible to actually get a molecule of phlegm. That was the essence really does its job. Purity Of Essence


Derekjinx2021

Berry pomegranate Mio?????


Son-Of-Cthulu

eww


aggiecoll05

Uh thats homeopathy, not chemistry haha


K2theBY

Forgot the micro-chip


Koopslovestogame

This is going to end up being the next horse dewormer cure! “The government doesn’t want you to know!!! 3 east steps to defeat the virus!!”


AnthonyMichaelSolve

It’s 99.9 percent effective!


DeathByZanpakuto11

And you are .1 percent sus


Nivekk_

Faith in humanity: slight increase


mvogel0311

I mean.. how many of these counties can even produce this?


gzrh1971

Almost all pharmaceutical product are mass produced in India and se south east Asian countries and in article it does mention deal with 9 indian companies


marathon

well we bombed an aspirin factory in Sudan


Calsterman

Very Good question, How complicated is the Production of a pill compared to a vaccine? Very Important


Codyfucksticks

Generally much, much simpler. It’s why an IP waiver for vaccines is mostly just an act of political theatre, whereas it could genuinely help with therapeutics.


NoHandBananaNo

Wouls someone please post a bit more of the article?


AbleCancel

It’s ironic that this article is behind a paywall, isn’t it?


dougiewuggie

Here it is from the Associated Press: https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-technology-business-public-health-health-ddde9854faee530d6c4bc435f3e6da74


NoHandBananaNo

Thanks!


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way2cool4school

For....today....


Acceptable-Archer-97

[But, haven’t you heard?](https://youtu.be/L-A027BFV7k&t=8m16s)


TheCatofDeath

Jesus christ what the fuck is wrong with these people


dougiewuggie

Oh Russell Brand… He’s been spouting some truly toxic counterfactual ickiness of late. Apparently when he switched to more anti-science stuff, the Trumplings tuned in & it got him views so he’s stuck with it


Acceptable-Archer-97

After consideration, I respectively disagree. I’ve not seen or felt this toxicity you speak of. Please share some specifics if you could? And this counter factual information, anything on that? It seems his material is sourced well, and appears transparent. At [8m16s](https://youtu.be/L-A027BFV7k&t=8m16s) Brand quotes a source, also provided on screen, which also checks out with [other sources](https://www.google.com/search?q=merck+pill+40+tines+the+price&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari).


Hypnos317

I don’t understand the argument against him. it seems to come from low quality headlines that are just cherry picking quotes. being skeptical of the US NIH and the CCP regarding Wuhan does not equal alt right or Trumpism. he’s not anti vax at all. his positions are not ‘toxic counter factual information, he’s just using his brains. watch a full episode, he says exactly where his source are from and is talking out loud in a conversational style examining both sides with skepticism and curiosity which is what makes a free press so important.


Skankhunt_6000

Anti science stuff? Please elaborate…


NoHandBananaNo

He's an Antivax cockwomble these days https://www.thedailybeast.com/comedian-russell-brand-has-become-a-powerful-voice-for-anti-vaxxers


Acceptable-Archer-97

I believe this to be false based on the phrasing you used. RB has never expressed, to my knowledge, any “anti-vax” stance. I welcome correction on this. RB *does* have concerns regarding the overall agenda surrounding the vaccine. I believe that many of us share this mentality..


NoHandBananaNo

He's a poseur from way back. The guy has 20 million dollars and tells people not to bother voting, he pretends to be so anti establishment but in reality he benefits from the status quo. So now theres' some impoverished poorly educated people sat around overcrowded housing watching this git all impressed by his big words and he's telling them to be vaccine skeptics. If Brand gets covid he'll have the best health care money can buy, meanwhile if his victims catch covid working their minimum wage jobs they have to take their chances in the overburdened NHS public system, and in the US it wont be pretty either.


morningburgers

I agree. People have somewhat figured out how to sell their snake oil better. Brand, Rogan, Peterson, and Rubin fall into that camp imo. Like, every once and while they may be correct but it's mostly b.s. and questioning things that aren't questionable and doing it just to "seem" intelligent. It's shallow and not intellectual in good faith. And it's even easier when you have a lot of fans and zero pushback due to the format(podcast or softball interviews).


Ordurski

Are you serious? You can't actually believe that can you? Have you ever watched him, or are you going off of what other redditors have said? Every one of his videos are well sourced, and he he rags on Trump and Republicans as well as Democrats. Just because he says things that challenge your view of the world doesn't mean that they are counterfactual or anti-science.. He says in almost every video, "I don't have an opinion, let's just have an open discourse about things." All he does is present facts and reads articles from actual journalists, not opinion pieces from garbage partisan news sites.


Munchingtonalistic

I think this should be the moment when you realise you are literally brainwashed


MrNooksBodyguard

Some other lab created the pill with federal grants (our tax dollars) and Merck bought them out. Now, they're trying to sell the cure back to the US Govt for redistribution THAT WE PAID TO R&D for the massive sum of $700 per 5 day regimen (estimated cost to merck, around $15). Though that price is not yet final and hopefully will not stick.


TimDillonsGimp

Why


Balerinom

Which one? The older German one or the one which makes them need to operate as Millipore Sigma in the US and Canada?


Zak385

Wait you mean the US one or the German one. The German one operates as MilliporeSigma in the US, then there is Merck US which is its own company. I do believe it is Merck US though. (Source: MilliporeSigma employee)


Ryebread1992

Hi coworker!


Hamboz710

Hi coworker!


cerermonialShovel

Hello fellow coworkers! Weird seeing people talk about where I work.


Balerinom

Yes that is a rephrasing of exactly what I said for the most part. The assumption was that the article being from a US publication that they would be ignoring the original company's name claim but due to the pay walling I couldn't get a proper read.


zerozingzing

Soooo. We gonna follow Merck’s stock numbers or nah?


Segundaleydenewtonnn

Yes...


marathon

You wouldn't download a covid pill, would you?


blackhornet03

I'll bet Americans will have to pay significantly for it.


ordinarythermos

Free vaccines or $20,000 pills - choose wisely.


overzealous_dentist

I hope so! Someone needs to reward life-saving medicine producers.


spebarms

The "rewards" for the life-saving medicine producers don't need to come at the expense of driving people into medical debt just to survive in the richest country on earth.


overzealous_dentist

I don't think we disagree!


Efficient-Ad8424

Please elaborate


overzealous_dentist

We should reward the people saving tens of millions of lives so people do it again in the future AND there's no need to drive people into medical debt just to survive


MrNooksBodyguard

Just FYI, they didn't make it. They bought out the company who actually created it (creation funded with US taxpayer's dollars, no less...)


overzealous_dentist

That's a good thing! Production companies *should* buy up designers and ramp up production.


_BlackLight_

Nestle *should* buy out water sources and then sell it to the people


DrAj111199991

Shameful.


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literatrolla

It’s ok we can afford it.


Acceptable-Archer-97

[*Ding Ding Ding,*](https://youtu.be/L-A027BFV7k&t=8m16s) you’re damn right.


Outside_Scientist365

That's almost guaranteed.


Ordurski

Still charging 40x the cost to make, when our tax money subsidized the creation of it? Or giving out of the goodness of pharma's heart?


catjuggler

Cost to make is only a relevant # in pharma if you count in that the cost to bring to market (R&D)


Codyfucksticks

And the costs that go into all of the trials for drugs that don’t make it to market.


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Ordurski

From $17.74 to produce, to selling it to the us gov't for $712. Around 41x the price. [SOURCE](https://theintercept.com/2021/10/05/covid-pill-drug-pricing-merck-ridgeback/) Love how they manually hid this comment and its chain too. lol..


je7792

Transportation marketing and all overhead is free eh?


Key-Ad7233

Marketing for a pandemic effective drug must’ve been expensive I mean who’s gonna want that.


LampCow24

Considering drug makers are not allowed to market until full FDA Approval I would imagine their ad spend is $0.00


ronan88

Marketing lol


PringlesDuckFace

In case you haven't heard of Covid yet.


TotallyNotASnowFlake

Is that like a new sport? Like cricket?


PringlesDuckFace

It's surprisingly less popular than cricket.


pataconconqueso

A lot of them use USPS at very discounted rates (I’m in supply chain).


Ordurski

It costs $17.74 to produce, and they're selling it to the US gov't for $712. Gonna need you to go ahead and bring that discount down a bit more. Their profit margins are pretty thin as is..


pataconconqueso

I’m sure we can cut some trucker’s pays to make that happen


Surous

How much is the cold transport, because while it may not be 500$ based on how sensitive it is, it can get pretty expensive


Ordurski

Regardless of the fact that you can transport 100s of thousands of pills with one fridge truck, and its markup is per 5 pills (one per day for five days), it is a pill and doesn't require cold storage like the vaccines.


Surous

Actually going over the math that is very true, from Toronto to Houston by truck would only be like 1.5$ each (15000 units per truck at 10k price (normally it’s about 6-10k for Houston to Toronto by truck))


Ordurski

From $17.74 to $712. That's a LOT of overhead.


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If you’re so smart explain to me how else you’re going to pay for those exorbitant executive bonuses?!


Ordurski

Shows what you know. Just cut wages in half! Simple, really.


[deleted]

Fuck! Why didn’t I think of that?!


DoubtExtension3467

Same with the vax


alwaysaworrywort

What’s the pill supposed to do..?


Bobafried

It is a mutagenic ribonucleoside. It mimics both uridine and cytosine triphosphate. The drug will be taken in by the virally infected cells where it will then be falsely incorporated into the RNA genome of the virus. This will then be copied incorrectly via the RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp). This leads to fatal mutations of the viral gene.


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Chustercupperput

A member of my family (uncle) works at nintendo


PISS_IN_MY_SHIT_HOLE

That's why I know the secret spot in Mario Bros but I'm not gonna tell you.


KlausSlade

He knows what is behind the truck that’s parked by the S.S. Anne.


IconOfSim

Duuude has he got the Nintendo 65??!?


minecraft_min604

Was the D’s in Nintendo 64dd supposed to be a bra size?


amac109

I dont believe this without actual evidence. Too many unsubstantiated claims regarding China on this sub recently.


dankhorse25

The scientific community has a pretty good grasp on the ingredients of the mRNA vaccines. The hard part seems to be how to create the nanoparticles that contain intact mRNA.


mschuster91

Violent industrial espionage is common, the only thing I'd hesitate to do is attribution. These days, the perpetrators may also be simple criminals running an extortion job.


FullPoopBucket

I'm not a fan of China on the best of days but to say China doesn't have the technical expertise to replicate it is a hilarious joke.


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Epyr

Not really a major stretch. China is still way behind the West in high-end manufacturing. They dominate the lower-end stuff to such a degree that most people don't realize this though as overall they produce more goods.


mattyboy2000

China is the worlds manufacturer


celo753

This article isn't even about vaccines. It's about pills. This guy sounds like a bot who read the word 'vaccine' to me. Edit: his profile is full of anti-china propaganda too.


bootsftwmaybe

Seeing a lot of skin in that clean room. And reaching over a conveyor with product on the line. It’s capped but poor form people.


Zahrro

Wait until Bill Gates finds out. He's going to absolutely lose it.


Act_Adept

Media will report this as Pills gate


Clueless_Questioneer

He's gonna merk them


CowsMcmooson

Meanwhile Pfizer and the like are keeping the vaccine recipe secret because "poor countries can't produce medicine". And possibly because they would make $0 in profit, rather than getting payed billions in taxes from wealthy countries to supply to them.


marathon

> When the viral RNA polymerase attempts to copy RNA containing molnupiravir, it sometimes interprets it as C and sometimes as U. This causes more mutations in all downstream copies than the virus can survive, an effect called viral error catastrophe or lethal mutagenesis.


alexbeeee

Does that mean the us taxpayers had to pay 4000x the cost for a drug they funded the research for and now these other countries just get it for nothing?


serpouncemingming

And charge Americans 1000 usd/pil?


aryanoboii

Republicans will love it. They hate the free vaccine however.


destructo2

Finally edible 5G chips.


Croatianspank

Introducing cellphones by Merck. Now the most reliable network


Moderator1492

Covid pill?


techieman33

It’s an anti-viral treatment that has been shown to reduce hospitalization by 50%. Phizer is supposed to be coming out with one by the end of the year as well.


noburdennyc

Of course, it's Molnupiravir! or it might be Ihmihirvir


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grat_is_not_nice

Molnupiravir is an antiviral drug that interferes with viral RNA replication via a nucleoside analogue. It has been shown to reduce COVID-19 hospitalization in a clinical trial - in fact, it was so successful the trial was cut short. It has nothing in common with Ivermectin, which has not been proven effective at treating COVID-19.


KhanMax

https://news.emory.edu/stories/2021/03/coronavirus_DRIVE_molnupiravir/index.html Gonna leave this here because it’s the most correct comment. I believe trial was cut short in September but this article is from March.


CamelSpotting

Weird I would have assumed it's some sort of antiviral given covid is a virus.


Slashtallica

When companies do this stuff for "poor countries" is not because they are generous, it's more like "Well, if something goes to shit, there won't be too much of a scandal"


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Popinfreshede

Merck rep: Look we got this COVID pill, we just need you water. Cool? Cool. And if no we just take it [anyways] (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/corporations-grabbing-land-and-water-overseas/).


dougiewuggie

Biofuels bad. More crops, more logistical need to move it around & process it. Iowa 🌽 primary we can blame.


BackupSquirrel

Can someone explain, why not everyone get free covid pill recipe?...


spilent

How will they make profit otherwise


Segundaleydenewtonnn

I feel you... like why being partially generous, we are all in this together


Italian_warehouse

Same reason food stamps are free but supermarkets cost money?


steroid_pc_principal

Oh wow that’s so nice of them. They won’t withhold life saving information from countries too poor to buy it from them.


lucifer_alucard

That's still actually nice of them. They didn't have to do it. Does everyone on Reddit take some kind of hate pills?


1originalsal

Of course, they can be the test dummies


No-Confusion1544

lmao IverMercktin


TomorrowWeKillToday

How benevolent


BD_9x

Dude covid19 is outdated, covid22 will be announced next year


movape2k

So Trump was right. Yet. Again.


eastgreece

Let me guess, the pill is ivermectin mixed with paracetamol so that big pharma can patent it now


Current-Ordinary-419

…and price gouge the US


shreddit47

Copy the ivermectin molecules and just move one of them over to the other side. Done.


oldyharnam

Pretty soon vaccine mandates will have been for nothing? Mf’ers still getting and spreading covid even after being vaccinated


dougiewuggie

No it halves your risk of hospitalization/dying if you take the full 5-day course of pills. Pfizer/Moderna are 85-95% effective at preventing that. “Breakthrough infections” happen with all vaccines but the number that are stopped are astronomically higher. If 90-95% get vaccinated, we’ll end the virus’ ability to mutate, circulate widely. The pills alone will save lives but aren’t a replacement for the vaccine.


oldyharnam

Ok so I’ve been hiding away for the past two years but I got covid from my neighbor who got both shots. I didn’t get vaccinated because I don’t want the Sinovac vaccine. Does that mean the virus was passed to me and then possibly mutated then I pass it on a mutated virus to anyone else I came into contact with? Or does it stop mutating once it got to my neighbor? Honest question cause I can’t really ask google these loaded questions


MaxMork

Everyone who gets infected with covid has a change to be the host for a more virulant strain. The longer you stay sick they longer the virus has to mutate. If you get vaccinated the changes of getting sick from the vaccin drastically decrease, and if you do get sick, then you are more likely to be sick for less time. So the changes for the virus to mutate will be less, than if you don't take the vaccin. If someone is vaccinated still gets sick, that doesn't mean the virus mutated. It just means that the vaccin didn't work that well for that person.


real_Chain19

Is google impatient with you? Lol. Phrase it like this “how do viruses mutant in the body” I’m sure you’ll find the answer you’re looking for if you google something like that!


oldyharnam

Ok I did. I also found that Florida now has the lowest covid infection rate in the US. A short time ago Florida was all over the news for being covidiots or whatever. No vaccine mandate in Florida and barely anyone wanted to wear a mask. Also no more news articles about Florida. How’s stuff like this possible? It’s confusing as hell. Is it not?


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A much more convenient way to annihilate the population.


scottdickk

No thanks


MaxGamingGG

Thanks Merck el


AbleCancel

This article being behind a paywall is quite ironic.


buchstabiertafel

Ehrenheiner


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No thanks


fatnat97

Yay!!


sars_8

Good guy merck


pugofthewildfrontier

Please don’t change your mind like the other companies.