Exclusive: Makers took big price increases on widely used U.S. drugs

The headquarters of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. seen in Laval QuebecBy Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major drug companies took hefty price increases in the U.S., in some cases more than doubling listed charges, for widely used medications over the past five years, a Reuters analysis of proprietary data found. Together, the price increases on drugs for arthritis, high cholesterol, asthma and other common problems added billions in costs for consumers, employers and government health programs. Extraordinary price hikes by two small companies, Turing Pharmaceuticals and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc , drew new attention to drug costs.


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