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JVONEARTH


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Posted Thu Feb 15th, 2007 8:06pm Post subject: Cost or cure?
Went for my nice little chat with the men in white coats today.
They left the room for a few minutes so i was looking around the room feeling bored when i noticed a book on the desk.
I opened it and to my horror it was the A to Z of prescription drugs what they are used to treat, Side effects, the effects of long term use to body organs and the COST!
So i thought are we being treated with the right pills for the job or are we being treated with the right pills at the right price?

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Fourth Feline


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Posted Thu Feb 15th, 2007 8:43pm Post subject: Cost or cure?
A very valid point there J.V.

I know someone who (it was strongly implied) only went into remission with his Luekemia due to being able to take drugs which the national health service would not have given / been able to afford.
If not that, at the very least his side effects were far more bearable due to 'private' treatments.

I know that with my Bi-Polar , I seem to have been always offered the cheapest options until I refused to take them due to very bad side effects. At that point relatively expensive alternatives were suddenly offered rather than the hospital losing face and possibly losing a patient !

I have lost count of the times I have been physically or mentally been made to feel dire due to being given cheap generics as 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

It took a lot of research and persuasion on my part to choose what would probably suit better and then the process of putting up the evidence so I could be allowed a better suited spectrum of drugs etc.

Thankfully In the longer term, even the costliest drugs become available as cheaper generics due to the expiry of patents etc.

Meanwhile I believe the point you raised to be very valid from my own experience.

Regards,

F.F.

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JVONEARTH


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Posted Thu Feb 15th, 2007 8:47pm Post subject: Cost or cure?
Thanks F F I know costs come into things but after all the years of treatment reading that i just thought how can you put a cost on health?
I just think it's unfair

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