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Prescription drug spending up 4%
USA Today

Prescription drug spending rose nearly 4% last year as prices climbed in part due to the health care overhaul debate, a report by pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions said Wednesday. The Franklin Lakes, N.J., company said drug use rose 1.3% last year after falling in 2008. Unit cost climbed 2.4%. That includes price inflation, generic and mail-order drug use.

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