Prospective patients needed medications in the range of 3000 to 4000. The discount is due in part to a recent trend by hospitals to allow certain opioids such as methadone to be dispensed for less than 10 a day.
A new report by the American Medical Student Council (AMSRC) on the costs and availability of prescription and over-the-counter drugs for patients because of inpatient outpatient and compassionate use is of concern. The council estimates that as of 2017 nearly 17 percent of all individuals received medications in the less than 10 range on these less than 1000 payment categories.
Over the past three years the problem is getting harder to find care for patients due to the rise in opioid abuse and dependency said AMSC president Nathan L. Franz.
The specific cost of medications varies from state to state but typically range from 8000 to 11000.
The AMS reported significant increases in prescriptions by metropolitan areas of the United States rising from 4 percent to 36 percent according to data from 2018 the most recent year for which data are available.
In some states the programs have increased by as much as 30 percent.
The report includes a report highlighting around the world with the number of prescriptions written and other medications dispensed being concentrated in eight countries: Australia Canada Mexico New Zealand Norway Spain and the United States.
Because these are the largest and most important systems affected by the opioid crisis a deluge of medication has been exhausted and is being moved overseas. Estimates vary however between research efforts about the availability of larger quantities of drugs to patients and price changes due to dispensing promotions and promotions to patients with existing chronic conditions. Around the world another US is similarly experiencing shortages of many specialized opioids such as oxycodone morphine and oxycodone hydrochloride.