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Oregon Drug Transparency Program Opens Windows (And Eyes)

Photo of person's hands holding prescription medications.

Multiply by five.  That is the general formula for computing the price of a prescription drug in the United States, versus what it costs in the rest of the world. 

That is one of the starker findings in a year-end report on prescription drugs prepared by Oregon's Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).  The report is one of the requirements of a prescription drug price transparency program created by the legislature two years ago.  Cassie Soucy, who manages the program at DCBS, fleshes out some of the details.  

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