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Cut In Australia Drug Support Leads Seniors To Trim Use

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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A recent move by the Australian government to cut its share of the cost of drugs for retirees has led many to cut back on their medicines by an average of 11 percent. Some have stopped taking life-saving drugs, according to a study of the impact of the government move. The report says the biggest decline in drug use among the group was among those with asthma, blood-clot risks, osteoporosis and ulcers. A federal funding cut had a similar impact three years ago on the use of anti-cholesterol drugs. The price of some drugs for seniors increased by 90 percent after the federal-support reduction. (Click here for more

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