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Forty-two percent of participants reported a significant or catastrophic subjective financial burden ; 68% cut back on leisure activities, 46% reduced spending on food and clothing, and 46% used savings to defray out-of-pocket expenses. To save money, 20% took less than the prescribed amount of medication, 19% partially filled prescriptions, and 24% avoided filling prescriptions altogether. Copayment assistance applicants were more likely than nonapplicants to employ at least one of these strategies to defray costs (98% vs. 78%). In an adjusted analysis, younger age, larger household size, applying for copayment assistance, and communicating with physicians about costs were associated with greater subjective financial burden. Sri Lanka experiencing revenue boom and increased adherence rates after price control EconomyNext, Jan 17 2018 . EconomyNext. “Patients asking for 'good drugs' after Sri Lanka price controls: Minister” ECONOMYNEXT - Patients are asking doctor to prescribe good drugs after Sri Lanka slapped price controls, slashing the prices of many branded drugs, pushing up pharmacy revenues by 30 percent, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. " We controlled the prices of 48 drugs. That is about 402 drugs produced by different companies. " Senaratne says while margins have gone down, pharmacies are experiencing a revenue boom. Prices of some drugs were slashed to one tenth in some cases, he said. He said a pack of drugs taken for high blood pressure was earlier sold at 2,900 rupees, now it is 280 rupees. Another drug earlier sold for 84.50 rupees is now available for 15 rupees, he said. Even a Panadol sold for 3.00 rupees is now 1.30, he said. Senaratne said sales at pharmacies have gone up by 30 percent , though owners said margins of individual drugs were thinner. "But because sales had gone up by 30 percent, they say they have also got some justice," Senaratne said. Patients who earlier did not take the full course of drugs were now taking the full amount prescribed. Australian price control system has worked for 60+ years Ezekiel Emanuel , Sept 9 2015 . NYTimes. “The Solution to Drug Prices” Almost all developed countries — including those run by very conservative governments — have an effective solution for drug prices, which is why these countries often pay less than half of what people in the United States pay for drugs. For instance, Australia’s more than 60-year-old Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has been the single purchaser of drugs for the country, making drugs available at fixed prices that are now listed online. Swiss price control system sets cap on price while still giving companies freedom Ezekiel Emanuel , Sept 9 2015 . NYTimes. “The Solution to Drug Prices”

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