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Price Increases For Branded Drugs Slower Since Medicare Drug Card – AARP

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The prices pharmaceutical manufacturers charge wholesalers for brand name drugs have been increasing at a slower rate since the Medicare drug discount card became available, AARP concludes in an "Rx Watchdog Report" released April 12

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AARP Rx Watchdog Report

AARP's latest drug price study, issued Nov. 2, found prices rose 6.1% for nearly 200 of the most common brand name prescriptions during the 12 month period ending in June. The rate is slightly less than the 7.1% increase reported by AARP in 2004 (1"The Pink Sheet" April 18, 2005, p. 16). Products with the "sharpest" price increases over the first six months of 2005 included Sanofi-Aventis' Ambien 5 mg (14.4%) and Boehringer Ingelheim's Atrovent (18.6%). The Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America disputed the report, stating the Consumer Price Index price for prescription drugs increased only 3.4% for the same period...

AARP Rx Watchdog Report

AARP's latest drug price study, issued Nov. 2, found prices rose 6.1% for nearly 200 of the most common brand name prescriptions during the 12 month period ending in June. The rate is slightly less than the 7.1% increase reported by AARP in 2004 (1"The Pink Sheet" April 18, 2005, p. 16). Products with the "sharpest" price increases over the first six months of 2005 included Sanofi-Aventis' Ambien 5 mg (14.4%) and Boehringer Ingelheim's Atrovent (18.6%). The Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America disputed the report, stating the Consumer Price Index price for prescription drugs increased only 3.4% for the same period...

PhRMA Studies Contest AARP Drug Price “Watchdog Report”

Prescription drug prices rose only 0.9% in the first quarter of 2004, not 3.4% as AARP claims, a study of Bureau of Labor Statistics data commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America says

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