On the very day of a Senate hearing on drug costs, the prices of these common generics were raised as much as 85%

On June 13, as members of a Senate health panel gathered to discuss the rising cost of prescription drugs, the prices of 14 common medications were increased by some 20% to 85%.

The affected drugs would appear to be unlikely candidates for price hikes. All were generic drugs, which lack patent protection and therefore tend to be much less expensive, with prices, in fact, largely declining over time.

One drug, which saw an 85% increase in its price, is used to treat tuberculosis. An anti-seizure drug’s price rose 63%. A drug for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder was increased by 47%.

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