It has emerged that the demand for free medicines has increased sharply in the US following the ongoing credit crunch.
Rich Sagall, the founder of needymeds.org, said that he was surprised to see the number of inquiries for free drugs these days. The number is now at 14,000 per day; up from 10,000 per day in late 2008 before the financial markets collapsed. While it is true that US pharmaceutical firms offer some drugs free of charge for poor people, much more needs to be done.
This is because many people have lost benefits and are not eligible for reimbursement of prescription drugs. this scenario presents a challenge to President Barak Obama, who has recently initiated aggressive healthcare reforms.
And till the finer print of the new deal becomes, clearer, some people will have to rely on free drugs only.