Hugely expensive "New" drugs offer no benefits over old ones

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Hugely expensive "New" drugs offer no benefits ove

Postby 1DayAAT » Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:42 pm

Just in the mental health field, the amount spent on antidepressants and antipsychotics combined went from $500 million to nearly $20 billion between 1986 and 2004. That is a 40-fold increase.

FDA and National Institute of Mental Health studies have shown these newer more expensive drugs are little different from the cheap ones. The hugely expensive atypical antipsychotics which started getting pushed in the early 90
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