Medicine: Too Many Drugs

Prescription drugs would be cheaper and more effective if manufacturers would market fewer of them, says Dr. Walter Modell of Cornell University Medical College, one of America's foremost drug experts. He also believes that this is the way to bigger profits for the companies.

Writing of pharmaceutical chemists in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Dr. Modell asked: "Will they realize that there are too many drugs for the patient, for the physician, and, surprisingly enough, for the pharmaceutical industry?" No fewer than 150,000 preparations are now in use, of which 90% did not exist 25 years ago, and 75% did not exist ten...

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