The NHS spent £1.68 billion on medicines in Scotland in 2015/16, nearly 14% of its total budget. Is this too much? Well it’s a large figure, but difficult to say whether it is too much, or not enough. Partly it depends on how well we think the drugs work. If they help people recover from illnesses, or can alleviate pain and suffering, then they may be worth it, and indeed, save money if it means people get back to work quicker or other expensive treatments are not needed. Comparisons with other healthcare systems are difficult, but according to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) spending in the UK as a whole on medicines, as a percentage of healthcare spending, is lower than…