May 11 2018
01:21 pm

Americans didn't always spend the most. In the 1980s, several countries spent equally, but US spending grew faster in the 1990s, according to a 2017 analysis from the Commonwealth Fund. This was partially because several expensive specialty drugs came to market, and because drug companies that set the price in the United States, unlike in Europe, which has price controls.

Americans often pay substantially more for the same drug than people in other countries do.

1. Actimmune: $52,321.80 for one month...

The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States


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