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The Price of 500 Prescription Drugs Have Gone Up This Year: What to Know

The Price of 500 Prescription Drugs Have Gone Up This Year: What to Know

Action to reduce prescription drug prices may be on the back burner on Capitol Hill amid discussions about impeachment and Iran.

But the White House and many legislators still have hopes of some action to reduce prices in 2020.

President Trump proposed new rules aimed at that goal in mid-December.

However, prices for hundreds of prescription drugs have shot up.

According to GoodRx, a startup that tracks prescription drug prices and helps consumers find discounts, the prices of nearly 500 medications have gone up since Dec. 31.

On average, the increase has been about 5 percent.

Among the specific drugs with already raised prices are Eliquis (used to reduce risk of stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat), Truvada (an antiretroviral used to prevent HIV transmission), and Humira (used to treat some types of arthritis).

The drug with the biggest price hike — 13 percent — was Cotempla XR, which is used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

Read more about the 500 prescription drugs that have gone up this year on the healthline.com website  HERE