In the US prescription drug costs are rising faster than any other component of health care expenditures, and show no signs of slowing. Factors driving the rise in prescription drug costs include the introduction of new drugs, and consumer demand. (*Title Incorrect in STL Original--check--change link name)
The in-office dispensing of topical skin care products by dermatologists is a source of frequent debate. Guidelines for proper dispensing have been penned by various medical organizations, yet the controversy continues. With the increasing number of physician-dispensed lines available for sale, combined with mounting medical financial issues, the ongoing debate surrounding in-office dispensing will continue.