This course will take you on a journey through the big business, big bucks world of pharmaceuticals. In 2018, Americans spent $92 billion dollars on the top 10 most profitable prescription medications on the market. Prescription drugs accounted for 10% of the United States GDP (gross domestic product) dollars spent on healthcare in 2018 which is an increase from 2013 of 9%. Every year more and more Americans are prescribed medications for a wide range of systemic disabilities. More money is spent on prescription drugs than dental services in this country. In 2018, only 4% of GDP dollars spent on healthcare went to dental services while 10% went to prescription drugs!
This course will explore the top 10 most profitable, and the top 10 most commonly prescribed medications in the United States from a pharmacology professor as well as a doctoral student in healthcare administration. The conditions the drugs are used to treat will be reviewed to keep the busy dental practitioner up to date with the most common prescription medications their patients are taking.