Medicine: Doctors, Drugs & Dollars

Some drugs, widely prescribed by reputable physicians, are worthless. Others have hidden dangers about which doctors are not told enough. Some are inadequately tested in animals before being marketed, so that human patients serve, in effect, as guinea pigs to find out whether they are safe or not. A drug may be so costly, especially if it is a patented, monopoly item, that a patient's drug bill for a single illness can run to thousands of dollars. Almost any drug costs far more if it is prescribed by trade name instead of the generic...

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