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How Many People Are Treated for Depression?

A recent paper in the Archives of General Psychiatry by Steven Marcus and Mark Olfson provides interesting data about recent trends in the treatment of depression.  We thought it would be useful to review some of their findings. Read More

Fun thoughts

An interesting thought on generic medication. From what little I understand about them,it is sometimes the ''fillers'' or inactive ingredients that can sometimes, in some people, metabolize the main ingredients differently. Not sure if that's accurate or not.

Good to hear, that the black communities are getting on board more often.

Thanks, for all the information.

Generic meds costs

There aren't really any $4 generics. The patient may pay $4, but the insurance company is paying considerably more. And depending on the policy, the patient may get to pay the freight. Tranylcypromine, the very old generic for Parnate, retails in this market for between $121 and $340 per 120 tablet monthly prescription. It's time for the pharma industry to stop "value pricing" medications as luxury goods and start charging for them as the essential products they are.

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Eugene Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis - School of Medicine.

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