Mostly people took medications to keep their cholesterol levels and diabetes in control. The use of antidepressants also showed a marked increase and has tripled since 1988. An interesting point is that the use of prescription drugs is most common among elderly users. Observers quote that the increase in the use of prescribed drugs is largely due to the fact that people like to take the easy way out; instead of improving their eating habits and lifestyles, they prefer to take medications. Nowadays you will find a medicine for every problem, from pain in the toes to brain tumor, there is a pill for everything.
The benefits of prescription are many, many long term diseases have been cured or prevented; the biggest benefit of prescribed drugs remains that it prevents other expenses such as hospitalization or a possible surgery. As stated by Petty (2007) the use of prescription medications has provided relief to many patients suffering from heart diseases, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and many other ailments. Life expectancy has greatly increased with the use of prescription medications and so has the quality of life.
For a nation which has become totally dependent on prescription drugs, the Americans are feeling the crunch of the costly prescription drugs. There are several factors which account for the expensive prescription drugs; the consumers however blame the pharmaceutical companies the most.
Carlson (2006) argues that the pharmaceutical companies’ claim that the exorbitant prices of the drugs was due to the unreasonable regulations by the Food and Drug Administration in America. Carlson cited extensive marketing as one of the major causes of the high cost of the prescription drugs. According to Carlson the pharmaceutical companies spend a king’s ransom to aggressively market their products thereby influencing the