Thursday, October 01, 2015
Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli made headlines last week when he purchased the rights to a drug used to fight AIDS complications and increased the price by 5000% overnight. Shkreli later promised to lower the price under pressure from medical groups and politicians, but the incident highlighted the continuing problem of rising prescription drug costs.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of American Adults say they are paying more for prescription drugs than they were six months ago. That’s a sizable jump from two years ago when just 29% said they were paying more and is also the highest finding to date. Nearly half (48%), however, still say they are not paying more for prescription drugs. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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