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Old September 3rd, 2017, 08:52 AM   #1
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A Potential Anti-Aging Pill Promises to Extend Life For 5 Cents a Pop

If this is true....
A Potential Anti-Aging Pill Promises to Extend Life For 5 Cents a Pop
A clinical trial may soon succeed in proving the effectiveness of Metformin as an anti-aging drug, which for once, will give everyone -- not only the rich -- a chance to extend their healthspan.


A most inspiring TEDx talk of Dr. Nir Barzilai, (video posted below) co-founder of CohBar, Inc., a biotech company developing mitochondria based therapeutics to treat diseases associated with aging, as well director of the Longevity Genes Project, a genetics study of over 600 families of centenarians and their children.

The accomplished geneticist wants people to know that there’s a way to extend their healthspan without breaking the bank.

...There’s a big difference between extending a person’s lifespan to extending one’s healthspan. Life can be prolonged, but shadowed by weakness and disease.

Extending one’s healthspan means that a person enjoys a longer period of youth and strength with longer period of immunity to the many illnesses of aging. Alzheimer’s for instance, is one of the most feared diseases among aging people. It can even afflict the young. According to the Alzheimer’s Disease International, the problem is very serious with one person getting demented every 3 seconds.

Dr. Barzilai, who also serves as Director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, thinks there’s a cheap but effective drug that can help mankind to attain extended healthspan.

And that drug is Metformin. A five-cent pill that’s commonly prescribed for patients with type 2 diabetes.
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Interesting. I have not heard of this. If true though, you can't possibly think that that medication won't inflate to thousands of dollars a pill.
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Old September 3rd, 2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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Interesting. I have not heard of this. If true though, you can't possibly think that that medication won't inflate to thousands of dollars a pill.
Maybe not. No company is holding a patent on it.
Metformin was discovered in 1922. French physician Jean Sterne began study in humans in the 1950s. It was introduced as a medication in France in 1957 and the United States in 1995. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. Metformin is believed to be the most widely used medication for diabetes which is taken by mouth It is available as a generic medication. The wholesale price in the developed world is between 0.21 and 5.55 USD per month as of 2014. In the United States, it costs 5 to 25 USD per month.
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Interesting. I have not heard of this. If true though, you can't possibly think that that medication won't inflate to thousands of dollars a pill.
It should be wicked expensive

Imagine the implications to the population.

It is already a problem that people are living pased their expected shelf life.

This is not good. I hope someone buys the patent and burys it.
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Old September 3rd, 2017, 11:52 AM   #5
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It should be wicked expensive

Imagine the implications to the population.

It is already a problem that people are living pased their expected shelf life.

This is not good. I hope someone buys the patent and burys it.
Who said death panels are a bad idea, eh kemosabe?

It's well past being a patent drug. Sorry....

And next time read the article. The idea is to extend healthful, or useful life.

You need a long vacation, imo.
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Here is the scenario I am predicting. After successful lobbying by EvilBigPharma, the FDA will ban this stuff, but allow the same thing with an irrelevant methyl group attached which will be given a patent and they will charge enough money for each pill that even Sabcat will be happy.
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Here is the scenario I am predicting. After successful lobbying by EvilBigPharma, the FDA will ban this stuff, but allow the same thing with an irrelevant methyl group attached which will be given a patent and they will charge enough money for each pill that even Sabcat will be happy.
I agree. Skrelli did the same to a drug that has been in circulation since the 60'sand only effects a small percentage of the population. This drug, if it works as advertised, would be in demand by at least half of the world population. Too much money to leave on the table.
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Who said death panels are a bad idea, eh kemosabe?

It's well past being a patent drug. Sorry....

And next time read the article. The idea is to extend healthful, or useful life.

You need a long vacation, imo.
The fact that we are becoming more and more of a socialist society and people are living longer and longer. Remove the fact people are forced to pay for the elderly i could care less.
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I agree. Skrelli did the same to a drug that has been in circulation since the 60'sand only effects a small percentage of the population. This drug, if it works as advertised, would be in demand by at least half of the world population. Too much money to leave on the table.
Agreed, and by prescription but probably only in the US. Everywhere else, metformin will be cheap and over the counter like all kinds of other effective and cheap medications that cost Americans 10-40 times more than people pay just about everywhere else in the world.

This is first-hand talking at ya. I was prescribed a drug that was forty times cheaper and over the counter in New Zealand. That's nuts. No excuse is possible.
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If true, I'm going to load up. I want to live long enough to be able to dance on the grave of the Liberal, Progressive , Democratic Party.
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