Priced Out of Prescriptions

The skyrocketing price of life-saving prescription drugs mean scores of Americans must fork out thousands of dollars a month just to survive, or choose between crucial medications.

Among them is 57-year-old Saundra Johnson, whose income is too high to qualify for extra government help, and too low to afford her prescriptions without it; to cope, she must choose between medications for heart failure and diabetes.

An 8% price hike brought Xeljanz’s price tag to $50,000 a year, compared to $15,000 in Canada, so Jonathan Yeagley drives there every 3 months to buy the drug for his son. “I don’t have that kind of money to throw away,” he says.

ProPublica

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