Drugmakers like to point to discounts and coupons that drive the actual price down. But there are people who don’t have access to those lower prices, and for them the increases can be deadly.
Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are the highest in the world. But drugmakers have defended these prices by pointing to manufacturer discounts, saying that rebates and coupons bring down a drug’s list price to something more affordable. But even after those discounts, prescription drug prices have soared in the past decade—rising more than three times faster than inflation.
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