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    Branded Drug Prices Double in Five Years

    No amount of sugar will help. According to pharmacy group Express Scripts the average price of brand-name U.S. prescription drugs has nearly doubled, increasing 98 percent since 2011 and 16 percent last year alone. Express Scripts says the skyrocketing prices come thanks to a class of specialty medications for complex conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. The news is likely to ignite debate on the campaign trail: Hillary Clinton has vowed to halt “predatory pricing,” while Donald Trump says Americans should be allowed to import meds from cheaper countries.

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