There has been a discussion in the Netherlands about expensive medicine for rare illnesses. One solution mentioned in the discussion is to allow the pharmacy to replicate the drug in question. I do not expect an in-dept explanation as my knowledge of chemistry and medicine is very basic.
The Drug in question is called "Orkambi" and costs about €170k a year for each patient.
I want to know more how you could replicate the drug. I'm familiar with electronics reverse engineering, do the same principals work for chemistry?
My question is: How hard is it to replicate a drug like Orkambi? If it is not hard or expensive to replicate, what makes the drug expensive?
Please use a online translation service as the article is in Dutch.