A new report finds that U.S. doctors are too quick to prescribe drugs, and often give little thought to side effects and non-drug alternatives.
Overprescription is rampant, according to experts. Nearly half of all Americans have used at least one prescription drug in the past month. Many are being exposed to side effects, sometimes fatal ones, even though they are receiving few or no benefits from the drugs.
According to MSNBC:
"Yet many doctors are quick to prescribe a drug, partly because they have limited time to deal with individual patients or because they and their patients have been bombarded with ads from the pharmaceutical industry."