29 Aug Winston-Salem Journal: Sharon Pearce: Nurses care about solutions to prescription drug costs
People working in health care often feel our profession is a calling. Many nurses like me have had firsthand experiences with quality, compassionate care and we decided at a young age that this would be our career. For us, it is difficult to watch what is happening with the prices of the prescription drugs our patients need — and we want to help find solutions.
In my role as a nurse anesthetist, I bear witness to skyrocketing pharmaceutical drug prices every day. Patients usually don’t select their anesthesia for surgery, childbirth and other procedures. But today, nurse anesthetists, along with physicians, are being forced to decide between increasingly expensive drugs and cheaper alternatives without data to compare the differences in outcomes. Financial burden versus medical efficacy — it’s a choice no one wants to make.