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New data shows impact of high drug prices in each state

AARP, a national organization that advocates for aging Americans, recently released new data that shows the impact of skyrocketing drug prices for residents in each state.

The information specifically looks at those living with cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to AARP. Each state has an accompanying infographic to outline the effect on those residents.

  • 30 percent of Oregon residents stopped taking medication as prescribed due to cost.
  • 31 percent of Washington residents stopped taking a prescription because of cost.
  • In Idaho, the number of residents who had to stop taking their prescription drugs is 32 percent.
  • 36 percent of Utah residents couldn’t afford their prescription drugs anymore.

The average annual cost of prescription drug treatment in Idaho increased 57.8 percent from 2012 to 2017, while annual income only increased 5.1 percent. The story is similar in Oregon, Washington and Utah, where prescription drug price increases have outpaced consumers; take-home pay.

“Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world,” said AARP State Director Doug Shadel in an announcement. “Congress, the Administration, and importantly, our own state legislators must take action now to lower prescription drug prices, the root cause of this problem.”

You can see the graphics with data specific to each state at this link here. If you had to stop taking a prescription drug because the cost was too high, share your story with Voices for Affordable Health.