Marie A. Chisholm, PharmD; Joseph T. DiPiro, PharmD
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Chisholm MA, DiPiro JT. Medication Assistance Programs. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:69. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-1-200107030-00037
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(1):69.
TO THE EDITOR:
Prescription medications are the most rapidly expanding component of national health care expenses. Ninety billion dollars were spent on prescription drugs in 1998, and this number is projected to increase to $171 billion by 2007, representing 8% of total national health care expenditures (1). Approximately 16% of the U.S. population does not have health insurance, and a greater percentage has health insurance that does not include a prescription medication benefit (2). Therefore, it is becoming increasingly difficult for some segments of the population to purchase the prescription drugs that they need.
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