That's why patients and their doctors often try a variety of different drugs before finding one that works - because there's no such thing as a "me-too" medicine. But in the interest of saving a few bucks, such personalized treatments may soon become a thing of the past.
This fundamental misunderstanding is being advanced by politicians grasping for answers to questions on health care. For an example, look no further than Reps. Tom Allen, D-ME, and Jo Ann Emerson, R-MO, whose Enhanced Health Care Value for All Act would increase spending on one-size-fits-all, top-down solutions.
The bill would authorize $3 billion of investment on new research "on the comparative effectiveness of health care services (including prescription drugs, medical devices, procedures, and other treatments) to inform health care providers' decisions." Senator Hillary Clinton also has advocated a similar program.
Here's the rest of the story, courtesy of the Tampa Tribune ...
Comparative Effectiveness -- the Hanging Chad of Health Care