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Source: S. Schondelmeyer and L. Purvis, RX Price Watch Reports 

Notes: The data refer to the average retail price of brand name, generic, specialty, and combined drug products that are widely used by older Americans. For the purposes of this report, specialty prescription drugs refers to prescription drugs that have one or more of the following characteristics: administered by injection; have a total average prescription cost greater than $1,000 per prescription; have a total average cost per day of therapy greater than $33 per day; or are in a therapeutic class where several other drugs in the class meet one or more of the previous criteria (e.g., HIV drugs). Combined refers to an overall market basket of 768 prescription drugs—which included 268 brand name drugs, 399 generic drugs, and 101 specialty drugs widely used by older Americans.

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