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Prescription drugs cost more in the United States than anywhere else in the world. One big reason why is America’s particular system for how drugs get to patients, which is unlike almost any other country’s. But it’s also because the American prescription drug market is so profitable that the money it generates powers the entire global pharmaceutical industry.
Check out our other video, on how Americans got stuck with endless drug advertisements: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5jnn1AIt7Q
Check out more of Sarah Kliff’s reporting:
And the Commonwealth Fund’s research on US drug prices: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2017/oct/paying-prescription-drugs-around-world-why-us-outlier
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