Questions about Medicare drug prices

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Is it just coincidence that brand-name prescription drugs have been rising in price so much so soon before the start of the new Medicare drug benefit?

The Star Tribune reports that brand-name drug wholesale prices rose six percent in the past year, twice the rate of inflation and far higher than generic drug increases. John Rother of AARP is quoted: "Why are prices of brand-name drugs going up so much faster than generic drugs or inflation? Because the generics face competition, and the brands really don't."

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