Our expert says:
I expect that what your doctor meant was reasonable --- there is a list of meds which are listed by the government as essential and supposed to be made freelly available through state / provincial clinics and hospitals. This doesn't include all the newest and most expensive medicaions, but ought to be sufficient to help most people. I suspect that this would not include Lamictin. I understand that Lamictin has been useful for you, but alternatives are available, which would probably suit you very well. Similarly, he might check on whether there are cheaper but effective alternatives to your husband's meds, too. Again, while Risperdal is popular among prescribing doctors, with the encouragement of the drug company marketing it, a slightly older close relative of Risperdal, like Haloperidol, is probably on the Govt list, and available in generic form, thus cheaper but chemically equivalent. Many drugs work differently if taken once in a while rather than regularly, but muchdepends on the patient, the drug, and the reason for which it is being taken.
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