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Unravelling the Drug Pricing Blame Game

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, few healthcare issues received as much attention and public discourse as prescription drug prices. The attention paid to the costs of pharmaceuticals is understandable when one considers that, in many ways, medicines are arguably the backbone of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Whether a person is seeking treatment for a simple infection or complex diseases like cancer or multiple sclerosis, prescription drugs are the primary tools employed by our nation’s healthcare professionals to address illness. Moreover, prescription drugs are often the goal of researchers who are looking to offer solutions for medical conditions without current treatments. However, informed debate over drug prices is challenging because the nature of drug prices requires layers of context. That said, the common understanding of the American public appears to be that the pricing practices of drug manufacturers are primarily to blame for high drug costs.


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