CVS is a major pharmacy chain. I don’t believe it’s reached all parts of the country so some of you may not be familiar with them.
Their new business model includes making sure people stay on their drugs. So now we’re gonna get the you gotta take your drugs or you’ll die line at our pharmacist counter too. And the thing is psych drugs aren’t the only terribly over-prescribed drugs that actually lead to more problems.
Statins and a lot of antacids have similar profiles just to name two class of drugs that often cause more problems.
From Business Week:
What does Ryan intend to do with his drugstore empire? His goal, he says, is to help transform America’s expensive and often ineffective health-care system. Seeking to take advantage of President Barack Obama’s commitment to health-care reform, Ryan wants to use CVS’s vast prescription database and burgeoning network of in-store clinics to treat patients with chronic diseases and help keep them out of the hospital, where most medical costs are incurred. “I don’t think our health-care system is broken,” Ryan says. “We are just spending too much, and it’s unproductive.” …
…Few industry experts would argue. Hospital visits prompted by chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis impose an immense burden on health resources in the U.S. The total annual bill for diabetes alone is upwards of $170 billion, according to the American Diabetes Assn. Many of these costs would evaporate if patients simply complied with their doctors’ orders and took their medications. In fact, about one-third of all patients who begin a drug regimen never refill the prescription, either because they don’t feel sick, they forget, or they don’t want to spend the money.
Ryan believes CVS could help solve this problem and, in the process, boost its own bottom line. (emphasis mine)
Yeah, you think that maybe it’s all about CVS’s bottom line and nothing about the health of Americans? I think so.