Currently there are big news about some guys that printed some valves for a hospital in need as the supplier wasnt able to provide the needed parts fast enough.

The media says that the supply company now wants to sue the guys for creating the valves themselves and that the valves are worth 11k$. (See i.e. here, here or here(bbc))

I can think for sure of some patents and copyrights that don't allow them to copy these valves or other reasons to sue them, but I cannot think of these valves being worth 11k$.

All articles I found stated that the valve was sold for 11k$ by the company, if mentioned. No other value was called nor the 11k$ declined. They only call out the price difference of 1$ (guys) to 11k$ (company).

These valves seem to be used for a Venturi Oxygen Mask (see linked article) and can be used only 8h before they need to be cleaned by medical cleanment (desinfected by chemical/uv/heat) and that the guys part cannot be used for that.

I understand that the professional part is more expensive due to development costs and special materials, but does that legitimate such a expensive product? Or is this just a media hoax?

This question is not about why they sue them, only the stated price of 11k$.

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    I looked up some numbers from press releases of Dräger, a big manufacturer of respiratory devices from Northern Germany [not the one in question here]: they just published their balance for last year and report an EBIT marge of 2.4 %. Another 2 press releases have bits and pieces that we may consider for plausibility check here: they say that they just got audited according to the newest regulations for medical device manufactuers, and invested 35 M€ over 3 - 4 years to get to that level. (Yes, they were an up-to-date medical device provider already before that). My conclusion is that it may Mar 18 '20 at 10:26
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    very well be that a large part of the production costs for these valves are overhead costs such as such sterile production facilities and audits which are high per piece since these parts are not something manufacured in the millions. Mar 18 '20 at 10:35
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    @gnasher729: why? - in particular wrt such medical devices I can imagine well that respirator technology is an ongoing development topic. Here's one example btw: patents.google.com/patent/US8695599B2/en Mar 18 '20 at 10:40
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    Another point that would be relevant for the variable production costs: I read in a newspaper article about the same Dräger company that while they are manufacturing respirators now as fast as they possibly can, right now they are limited in their capacity for testing the devices before they are delivered. Similar testing procedures may also be required for parts like the valves. So the 3d printed parts are good right now: if they don't work (either directly, or because they come at a higher risk of infections, ...) the patient is not much worse off since the alternative there now is sure... Mar 18 '20 at 10:47
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    ... death. The normal suppliers of medical equipment are nevertheless held to the usual very high standards for reliability and performance of their products. Mar 18 '20 at 10:49

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