Prescription Drugs Usage and Dosage
Prescriptions date back to the point where there was a writing system in place and there were medications to dispense. There is no doubt that many millions of lives have been saved and countless sources of pain have been relieved by the proper application of prescription drugs. In Canada over 25 billion dollars are spent annually on prescription drugs with about half of that being paid by various levels of government and the other half out of pocket by consumers and/or through employee benefits. At Olympia Benefits, Rx drug claims are the second highest claimed item, in dollar terms, every year — second only to dental claims.
There are however growing concerns about the indiscriminate use or abuse of prescription drugs. They are easily prescribed, readily purchased and seem to be, in a lot of cases, the answer to all problems from weight loss to hair regeneration. A recent article in the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal, written by James McCormack, discusses the possibility that “approved drug dosages over medicate us”. This is an informative article, well written and well worth the read. Dr. McCormack has kindly given us permission to provide a link to his article.
In keeping with our previous sentiments about looking out for our own health care, Dr. McCormack has provided us with another link on cardio vascular health.