Regulation of the pharmaceutical industry: promoting health or protecting wealth?

Government has long had conflicting aims with regard to regulating the pharmaceutical industry. An essay in the in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine asks how the National Health Service in the United Kingdom is balancing its public health and economic mandates.

Alcohol abuse costing Britain £6 billion a year

Alcohol abuse could be costing the United Kingdom up to £6 billion a year in NHS bills, premature death, losses to business and drink-related crimes and accidents, reported The Daily Mail. A study by the Royal College of Physicians said drink-related health problems could account for up to 12% of total NHS spending on hospitals, about £3 billion. Campaigners said that with the estimated £3 billion lost through absenteeism, unemployment, premature deaths and alcohol-related crimes and accidents the total cost of excessive drinking is £6 billion.