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HHS creates new way to explore Medicare prescription-drug spending
Washington Post

Federal health officials unveiled an online tool Monday that will allow the public and policymakers to explore the financial burden that scores of high- expense drugs place on the Medicare program and the nation’s seniors.

The interactive “dashboard” shows the overall spending in Medicare for each drug listed, along with recent trends in its price and the number of older Americans who rely on it — in essence, revealing in a new way which pharmaceuticals are driving up drug spending and the factors behind the increases.