Screaming For Relief

The high cost of prescriptions may be the hot issue in this election. What you should know about the problem, and why the pols are worrying

Here is a paradox of America's health-care system: the U.S. invents most of the world's great prescription drugs, but thousands of Americans cross into Canada and Mexico to buy them. Some go on their own; others ride buses in organized tours sponsored by senior-citizen advocacy groups. Either way, they want medications that salve ills from leukemia to ulcers, mood disorders to high cholesterol. These are the identical life-improving, death-defying drugs that they would get at home--but for a fraction of the cost. And so it is on a November day in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just over the bridge from Laredo, Texas....

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