Why Is Prescription Drug Spending in the U.S. So High?

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<p>The United States spends the most per person on prescription drugs compared with other high-income countries, and Americans are more likely to bear this financial burden through out-of-pocket costs, according to a new Commonwealth Fund analysis. While drug utilization appears to be similar in the U.S. and the nine other countries considered, drug prices in the U.S. are substantially higher. </p><p>In a new issue brief, Dana O. Sarnak, David Squires, Greg Kuzmak, and Shawn Bishop of the Commonwealth Fund look at the factors that contribute to high U.S. drug spending and what policies could lower prices for Americans. </p>

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