Drugs too Costly for Swedish Hospital
Swedish doctors at the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg have ordered at least a temporary halt in the use of new medicine for the treatment of neurological diseases because of the high cost.
The doctors maintain that no patient with muscular dystrophy or Parkinsons have suffered because of the decision but that a continued halt could have serious affects – even if the hospital is worried about broken budgets.
Some doctors are arguing that the high costs of some of the new drugs will be compensated if the patient can continue to work or stay at home instead of requiring expensive hospital care.
Researchers say 17 new medicines have been produced so far this year alone – and that pharmaceutical companies are charging high prices to cover years of expensive research.