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If you've noticed the cost of your medication going up over the years, you're not alone. Humira, the top selling drug in the U.S., has doubled in price since 2012, costing more than $38,000 a year. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies are finding it harder and harder to develop new products. We talk with journalistsand about the challenges of developing affordable drugs.
- Legislators have done little to curb surging drug prices in the U.S. While some have pushed for more transparency in how new medications are developed, powerful lobbyists and a decentralized American medical system make policy change unlikely.
- Where lawmaking falls short in controlling costs, public shaming can work. Companies sometimes pull back if reporters shine a spotlight on rising prices, but few other options exist to address such inflation.
- In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that the processing power of computers would double every two years. It became known as Moore's Law. Eroom's Law (Moore's Law spelled backwards) predicts that as time passes, the cost of developing new drugs becomes exponentially more expensive — a price companies may pass on to you.
- Matthew Herper writes in Forbes about the .
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- A Q&A with Johns Hopkins professor Gerard Anderson on .