11/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

People Cut Back On Prescription Drugs In Financial Crisis

For the first time in at least a decade, the nation's consumers are trying to get by on fewer prescription drugs.

As people around the country respond to financial and economic hard times by juggling the cost of necessities like groceries and housing, drugs are sometimes having to wait.

"People are having to choose between gas, meals and medication," said Dr. James King, the chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national professional group. He also runs his own family practice in rural Selmer, Tenn.

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