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Is Big Pharma in Trouble?
Michael Kleinrock, head of research development at the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, says: “We think we’ve reached a tipping point, where people are thinking they’re paying too much and they’re changing their behavior” and getting less treatment, according to an article published in USA Today.
Spending on prescription drugs started to go down in 2007. Visits to doctors are down almost 5% – but visits to Emergency Departments are up almost 8%.
The one group where spending increased was in the 19 to 25 year olds, who apparently increased their spending for antidepressants and drugs for attention deficit disorder.
Interestingly, the National Health Statistics Report of December 2008 states: “ In 2007, almost 4 out of 10 adults had used CAM therapy in the past 12 months, with the most commonly used therapies being nonvitamin, nonmineral, natural products (17.7%) and deep breathing exercises (12.7%). One in nine children (11.8%) used CAM therapy in the past 12 months, with the most commonly used therapies being nonvitamin, non-mineral, natural products (3.9%) and chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (2.8%). Children whose parent used CAM were almost five times as likely (23.9%) to use CAM as children whose parent did not useCAM (5.1%).”
Dr Martha Grout, MD, MD(H), with the ArizonaCenterfor Advanced Medicine asks, “One wonders whether perhaps those who are not going to allopathic doctors are actually seeing conventional medicine in a different light.”
Dr Grout continues, “The first words out of many of my patients’ mouths are: ‘I have gone to every doctor under the sun, all they want to do is prescribe drugs for me. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ Can you help me?”
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If we simply hand out band-aids (Lipitor® for high cholesterol, metformin for high blood sugar, lisinopril for high blood pressure, omeprazole for heartburn) and never look for the cause, it’s no wonder that patients do not get healthy. You cannot put out a huge fire by dousing it with a glass of water.
In fact, if the fire is a gasoline fire, you may even make it worse by spreading it around. We have no idea of all the possible effects of our pharmaceutical drugs. There is a good physiologic reason why many people who take Lipitor® and other statin drugs develop muscle aches, chronic fatigue and even congestive heart failure. That reason has to do with the way cholesterol is used in the body.
Dr Grout says, “I suspect that there is a really good reason why some of the pharmaceutical companies are starting to produce “prescription grade” vitamins.”
According to Dr Grout, “We do have a choice – in our health care, in our choice of practitioners, in how we spend our money. We just have to keep the supplements out of the hands of Big Pharma.”
Dr Martha Grout has assembled some wonderful recent support articles from various media sources, enjoy these below!
Prescription Drug Spending was Flat in 2011.
TRENTON,N.J.- Spending on prescription drugs in theU.S.was nearly flat in 2011 at $320 billion, held down by senior citizens and others reducing use of medicines and greater use of cheaper generic pills.
Last year, spending on prescription drugs rose just 0.5% after adjusting for inflation and population growth, according to data firm IMS Health. Without those adjustments, spending increased 3.7% last year. The volume of prescriptions filled fell about 1%.
Fewer visits to doctors and other health care providers results in fewer prescriptions, which holds down spending in the short term. But that doesn’t bode well for future health care costs, because many of the medicines people are doing without are taken for years to prevent heart attacks and other expensive complications of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, Kleinrock said.
“The ultimate result is that we will have more sick people driving health care costs” down the road, he said.
View the entire USA Today article on FCN, click here >> http://goo.gl/r9YoF.
Drug Spending Nearly Flat in 2011.
By The Associated Press
SLUMPING SALES: Prescription drug sales edged up just 0.5 percent last year, after adjusting for inflation and population growth. Such slow growth and even some declines started in 2007.
BIG SQUEEZE: Seniors and other patients are forgoing some care amid the continuing weak economy. Only newly insured young adults boosted their prescription use in 2011.
OTHER FACTORS: Use of cheaper generic pills rose, as the first of a slew of blockbuster drugs started getting generic competition. But high prices for the record number of newly approved drugs, 34, countered that somewhat.
View the entire AP article on Bloomberg, click here >> http://goo.gl/B3Cq3.
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