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Patients rationing prescription drugs

Thursday, May 09, 2013
Prescription drugs

Prescription drugs

Patients are benefitting from a surge of new inexpensive generic versions of widely used drugs for chronic conditions such as high cholesterol.

But the big negative is that people are rationing their own health care.

According to the report from the Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IMS), cash-strapped consumers are going without needed doctor visits, medicines and other treatments.

The IMS says this is the first time it has ever measured a decline in the 59 years it's been monitoring drugs.

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