The Misguided War Against Medicines 2010

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The Misguided War against Medicines 2010 examines all of the ways in which spending on drugs may contribute to the overall growth in total government health spending. The evidence suggests that neither patented medicines in particular, nor prescription drugs in general, can be blamed for the unsustainable growth rates of government health spending.Research suggests that government health spending in Canada has persistently grown at an unsustainable pace over time. During certain periods, government spending on prescription drugs (both patented and non-patented) has grown faster than other components of health spending. In addition, new patented prescription medicines are often more expensive than existing drugs. These observations have led some to assume that prescription drugs?and patented medicines, in particular?are the primary cause of the unsustainable growth in government health spending observed in Canada.

To evaluate the validity of this claim, The Misguided War against Medicines 2010 examines all of the ways in which spending on drugs may contribute to the overall growth in total government health spending. The evidence suggests that neither patented medicines in particular, nor prescription drugs in general, can be blamed for the unsustainable growth rates of government health spending.


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