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Is Government the Solution to Rising Drug Costs?

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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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 24 & 27, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.


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