private health care and public health care providers.
Society is spending more on drugs, both because of increased use of drugs as well as increased costs of new drugs. This increase is on an absolute basis and also as a percentage of the health dollar. The rapid increase in drug costs has lead to controls on distribution of drugs (formularies), cost shifting (between government jurisdictions, insurers and patients), lack of drug coverage, mistrust of drug manufacturers (i.e. excess profits).
Drugs which improve quality of life (hair growth, sexual dysfunction drugs) also have lead to greater debate on drug coverage.
[+] alternatives to prescription drugs
[+] unique economic structure of the industry.
Position: Public research funding should be required to test the effectiveness of medicine.
Position: It is consumerism gone wild - we are all overmedicated.
- Russ Mokhiber Commondreams