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Inside medicine : High drug costs
Sacramento Bee

We have a problem that no one seems willing to discuss. The costs of medications are going through the roof.

Take for example cancer medicines. Let’s say we want to treat metastatic melanoma – a skin cancer. The cost of medication alone is $120,000 for four treatments, which might extend life a few months. We’re at the point where the majority of new cancer drugs cost at least $20,000 for a 12-week course, and often people need multiple courses and multiple drugs.