Sunday, July 18, 2004

Ask Your Doctor if it's Right for You... 

I was watching the CBS Evening News earlier today.  I paid close attention to the commercials.  The vast majority of the commercials were about prescription drugs.  Most of the others were for over the counter drugs.  The only non-drug commercial was for Ensure.
According to AARP, prices for the most prescribed drugs have outpaced inflation by 2.2% over the past 7 months.   Primetime advertising has played a role in the increase.  What does this mean to you?  Higher medical insurance premiums, higher drug co-pays, and employers reducing or eliminating medical benefits.  It puts an ever increasing burden on our public health system. 
President Kerry can stop two things to stop stem the growth of prescription drug costs.   These two policies won't cost the taxpayers a single dime.  First, he can overturn the 1985 FDA regulation which allows prescription drug advertising.  Secondly he can strengthen and enforce laws forbidding drug companies to provide kickbacks and incentives to doctors.
Pfizer, Astozenica, Merck and the like won't like it.   In the words of Dick Cheney, they can go fuck themselves.