Essay about How Money Spent On Prescription Drugs

1017 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
There has been a lot of talk recently in the news about how money spent on prescription drugs has increased 3% in 2013, which results to about $329.2 billion. Those are astonishing numbers, now if you take that number and you divide it by how many people live in the US, that works out to be about $1,000 per person spent on prescription drugs. Since doctors hold the key in prescribing drugs, some doctors are prescribing certain drugs that pharmaceutical companies are requesting them to prescribe even thought that drug might not be the best for their patient given their condition. This in so many ways are unethical because the patient would most likely depend and trust what the doctor is prescribing to them but little do they know, that the prescriptions they are taking might not be the best for them. Some doctors care more about making money than making their patient satisfied.
Part of the uprising in numbers might be because consumers just can’t escape from pharmaceutical ads. Americans spend many hours a week watching TV, and upon watching TV, there are always ads. And in those ads there are a great number of drug commercials. But is that the only reason why prescription drugs have gone up so much in such a little time? Of course not, because that’s only one small part of pharmaceutical marketing, because you need a doctor’s permission to buy them. Which is why all drug advertisements end with the same catch phrase “ask your doctor about…” So are doctors impacted by the…

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