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the other drug war

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Questions for Viewing

As you watch "The Other Drug War," answer the following questions:

  1. Why are prescription drugs so expensive for seniors in the United States? Why do they cost less in other countries?

  2. What legislation did Maine politicians pass to lower the prices of prescription drugs? Describe the legal battles that evolved between Maine and drug companies as a result of the legislation. Do you believe the final outcome was justified? Why or why not?

  3. What policies has the state of Oregon enacted to reduce the costs of prescription drugs? What have been the results?

  4. What is Congress considering to reduce the price of drugs for seniors nationwide?

  5. What is the principle argument that drug companies use to justify high prices? What is the counter argument against the need for high prices?

  6. Why does one physician on the film say he writes prescriptions for the brand name drugs requested by his patients? How do you evaluate his reason?

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