Warnings over spiralling drug costs

Health professionals and representatives from Sweden’s local and regional authorities are warning central government over the spiralling cost of drug treatments.

As drug treatments consume ever more of their health budgets, authorities are urging the government to take the rising costs of treatments seriously, and warning that without substantial new resources, patient health care risks being cutback.

Two members from political parties that form Sweden’s coalition government have headed the calls for greater resources in an article published in Swedish medical journal Dagens Medicin.

The recent case of a 20 year-old man suffering from a rare medical condition which requires medication costing 1.5 million US dollars a year has sparked debate here on the rising cost of some drug treatments.