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One can fairly say of the American "system" of drug production and sale, in a crude paraphrase of Churchill's omment on democracy, that it is abusive of its consumers' best interests in some ways but is far better than any other existing apparatus in other ways. Many drugs are extortionately high in price, but distributors of generic-named preparations offer fair prices. Too many marketed drugs are me-too, superfluous, costly variations on older sometimes cheaper parent compounds, but open competition in the industry has sometimes led to true advances in therapy. Some of drug advertising verges on fraud, but a few
The New Handbook of Prescription Drugs: Official Names, Prices, and Sources for Patient and Doctor.. Ann Intern Med. ;73:498–499. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-3-498
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(3):498-499.
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