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Medicines, Drugs, and Pharmaceuticals

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals
Medicines can help to restore our health. Many modern drugs have been derived from traditional herbal remedies, but pharmaceutical companies often develop synthetic chemical compounds that mimic the pharmacological properties of natural compounds. Drugs that are relatively safe are available "over the counter" (OTC), whereas medicines that have strong effects or require supervision may be regulated by law and can only be obtained by prescription from a doctor. Medicaid is a government program that helps to subsidize the costs of expensive medications for senior citizens and low-income families.

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Most Prescribed Medicaid Drugs