Prescription drugs is one of the biggest industries in America. Walk by any pharmacy and you generally see a line at the window or people sitting and waiting for their drugs. All of those drugs and medications dispensed by the pharmacy and prescribed by your doctor have been approved for use by the FDA. However, a new study indicates that many of these drugs are not nearly as safe as everyone thinks they are.
Most of us have experienced sticker shock when we’ve gone to a pharmacy to pick up a prescribed drug. Most people have no clue how much some of their prescriptions really cost because they have them covered by their healthcare plans. They go to the pharmacy, pay their co-pay and go on their merry way. Those that do not have healthcare coverage for prescriptions are the ones that are shocked at how much a prescription can cost. Then you have those with conditions or illnesses that require prescriptions that are not covered by their healthcare plan.
Some years ago, I worked with a man who was battling leukemia. Most of the standard treatments did not work and his doctors convinced him to try a new drug which was not covered by our healthcare plan. When he went to pick up the prescription, it cost him over $3,000 for a two week supply. Sadly, that new drug didn’t help either and he died a couple months, but not after spending tens of thousands of dollars just on prescriptions.
We’ve heard a lot on the news over the past year or two about the high cost of some important drugs and in many cases, the pharmaceutical companies justify the high cost by saying that it took millions of dollars to develop, test and get the drug approved. Not to necessarily defend the pharmaceutical companies, but it does take a lot of time and money to develop, test and then get approval from the FDA before a company can ever market their drug and try to recoup the costs. If you want to know what it takes to get FDA approval, I suggest you go the FDA website and see for yourself. It’s quite a process…
You owe it to yourself and your family to do a little research on every drug or medication your doctor prescribes, before you start taking it. You may find it’s in a class of drugs you can’t take or that it has adverse side effects that you want to avoid. It’s best to check out the prescription beforehand so you don’t end up regretting it.