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March 3, 2020

Relentless Prescription Drug Price Increases

Author Affiliations
  • 1Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Deputy Editor, JAMA, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2020;323(9):826-828. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0359

One in 4 people in the US has difficulty paying the cost of their prescription medications. This stark fact was recently reported in a 2019 Kaiser Family Foundation public opinion poll among a nationally representative random sample of 1205 adults.1 Persons who reported having the greatest difficulty affording their prescription drugs were those who most needed them, including those who took 4 or more prescription drugs, spent $100 or more per month on their drugs, and reported being in fair or poor health.

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