Ibuprofen masks pain and interferes with healing. Interestingly Mr. Woods is only taking it “preventatively” (according to a Wall Street Journal article) meaning that it might not be treating his pain at all.
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This information is intentionally kept secret by hospitals preventing the kind of comparison shopping that goes on in virtually every other field. This has also facilitated the practice of charging the uninsured patient more than the insured, even if this causes significant financial hardship to the patient.