04/16/2009

Coupons, $4 generics, and Free Generic Antibiotics

Disservices to Patients and Insults to Pharmacists

In my opinion, the cost of many medications is too high and I strongly support appropriate initiatives that will make them more affordable for patients. Many patients, for cost considerations, reduce dosages to enable their prescriptions to last longer or do not obtain their prescriptions at all. This situation not only results in inadequate therapy but also results in bad economics as inadequate drug therapy leads to more serious health problems that require even more costly interventions (e.g., additional physician visits, hospitalizations).

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