Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  |  August 29, 2023

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The US spends more per capita than any other country on pharmaceuticals because, unlike most countries, it allows manufacturers to set their own prices for brand-name drugs. Brand-name drug prices at launch, on average, have increased from $2115 per year in 2008 to $180 007 per year in 2021.1 Surveys indicate that many individuals in the US refrain from taking or ration their medications due to financial constraints created by high drug prices.

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