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Most Polled Have Negative View of Drug Firms

Feb 26, 2005 | Health Central Most Americans polled realize the positive impact of prescription drugs in their lives but have a negative view of the companies that produce them, a new survey finds.

Some 78 percent of participants in the Kaiser Family Foundation poll said they had benefited from prescription drugs, and 91 percent acknowledged that drug companies made an important contribution to society, the foundation said in a statement. But 70 percent of respondents said the drug giants seemed to put profits ahead of people.

And 69 percent of those polled said drug companies are largely to blame for soaring health-care costs in general.

The February survey also found that 22 percent were "very confident" and 55 percent "somewhat" confident in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ability to regulate the safety of prescription drugs, despite recent questions about the agency's competence. And almost two-thirds of respondents said there should be more government regulation of prescription drug prices, the foundation said.

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