It is amazing what people will do when it comes down to spending money out of their own pocket. And that is a good thing. It seems that paying over $4 for a gallon of gas has driven down demand which in turn has dropped the price of a barrel of oil $15 over three days (at least at the time of this writing). Who says capitalism or speculation isn't alive and well. Now the drug industry is feeling the effects as well. According to an article in the WSJ, the number of prescriptions people are filling is doing down, especially the higher and most costly branded types. This is both good and bad. It is bad if people are just not taking their medication. It is good if they are forced to live healthier and just don't need their medication. It is also good if they realize that the Walmart $4 meds will probably cover 90% of all their medical problems. I know that the managed care companies are loving this as they continue to shift the burden of all costs onto the patients more and more. I hope they continue to smile about it until one day people realize that they are paying so much of the cost of their medical care anyway that insurance companies (except catastrophic plans) aren't really needed. Most parasites aren't.