Why Are Prescription Drugs SO Expensive?

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Origin Of Everything
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Why are prescription drugs so expensive in the United States? Why does the same medication cost significantly less in other countries around the world? Today Danielle examines the history of pharmaceutical regulation in America and how it lead to such disproportionately high costs.

Created and Hosted by Danielle Bainbridge
Produced by Complexly for PBS Digital Studios
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98th Congress (1983-1984). “S.1538 - An act to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise the procedures for new drug applications, to amend title 35, United States Code, to authorize the extension of the patents for certain regulated products, and for other purposes.: 09/24/1984 Became Public Law No: 98-417. https://www.congress.gov/bill/98th-congress/senate-bill/01538. Accessed May 19, 2019.

Barr, Donald A. Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America. Benjamin Cummings, Pearson Education: 2002.

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Frakt, Austin. “Something Happened to US Drug Costs in the 1990s.” The New York Times. Nov. 12, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/upshot/why-prescription-drug-spending-higher-in-the-us.html. Accessed May 19, 2019.

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Kesselheim, Aaron S. Et. Al. “The High Cost of Prescription Drugs in the United States: Origins and Prospects for Reform.” Journal of the American Medical Association. August 23/30, 2016. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2545691. Accessed May 19, 2019.

Morgan, Steven. “What’s Driving Prescription Drug Prices in the U.S.?” Commonwealth Fund, Nov. 14, 2018. https://doi.org/10.26099/sh3e-ac41. Accessed May 19, 2019.

Morgan, Steven G., et. al. “An analysis of expenditures on primary care prescription drugs in the United States versus ten comparable countries.” Health Policy, Volume 122, Issue 9, September 2018. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016885101830246X. Accessed May 19, 2019.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “A History of the FDA and Drug Regulation in the United States.” https://www.fda.gov/media/73549/download. Accessed May 19, 2019.

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Pew Trusts. “A Look at Drug Spending in the U.S. Estimates and projections from various stakeholders.” February 27, 2018. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/fact-sheets/2018/02/a-look-at-drug-spending-in-the-us. Accessed May 19, 2019.

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