We came across this article and thought it was worth passing along. We are not bashing the pharmacuetical companies at all, but we felt it was certainly worth mentioning.
"The $250 billion pharmaceutical industry is actually pulling in more money than every gas station in America combined, leading some to wonder if Americans are taking too many drugs. With drugs claiming to treat everything from headaches to PMS to hyperactive children, some people say that Americans are relying too much on pills.
"The number of prescriptions in the United States has risen a full two-thirds over the last decade. However, the recent concerns about Vioxx and Bextra have raised new concerns about the safety of all these drugs. In fact, about 125,000 people die from drug reactions and mistakes every year, making it the fourth most common cause of death in America. "