The costs of brand-name prescription drugs double every 7 to 8 years, JAMA study finds

How do you treat this seven-year itch?

The costs of these top-selling drugs saw a median increase of 76% over the six-year period, according to new research published in JAMA Network Open, with the prices of most increasing either once or twice annually. JAMA is the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The findings suggest that the cost of popular brand-name drugs double every seven to eight years. And the situation doesn’t seem likely to improve, the study by Scripps Research Translational Institute researchers found. “Greater price transparency is warranted,” they said.

Some 48 out of 49 most common brand-name prescription drugs in the U.S.

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