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Prescription Drug Prices

  • 34 drugs (out of 9,482 on the market) accounted for 50.7% of the overall increase in national drug spending in 2001.

  • Prescription prices rose at more than six times the rate of inflation in 2001. The average price per prescription increased 10% from 2000 to 2001, while the inflation rate was only 1.6% in 2001.

(Source:National Institute for Health Care Management, "Prescription Drug Expenditures in 2001: Another Year of Escalating Costs," April 2002; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002)

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