Prescription drugs are a big business in the U.S. The drug industry is worth about $1.3 trillion, making it the fourth-largest industry in the country.
But there’s a big divide between the drugs’ costs and the price the government pays them.
Prescription drug companies often get paid far more than the prices they charge the government for other types of drugs.
So, they can charge drug companies more than Medicare and Medicaid, and that’s how Medicare and other government programs have to pay the bills for drugs that make up about 80 percent of the drugs sold in the United States.
In 2018, the federal government is on pace to spend about $5 billion on prescription drugs, about one-third of the total cost of the country’s healthcare system, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.
Prescriptions account for more than half of all the drugs used in the US, and they’re a big part of the reason for the country having such high healthcare costs.
Prescriptive drugs cost an average of $1,835 per patient, according the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services.
That means that for every dollar a patient pays for a prescription, they pay about $0.25.
In 2017, Medicare and Medicare Advantage managed care plans spent about $17 billion on prescriptions, according a recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Prescribing is one of the fastest-growing areas of the US healthcare system.
That growth has meant that Medicare and the other Medicare programs have been increasingly reliant on generic drugs.
Generic drugs are more effective than their branded counterparts because they have lower costs.
This means that many people pay more for their prescriptions and end up paying less out of pocket for the drugs they get.
Prescribed drugs also have more side effects than their brand drugs, which means people who get prescriptions may need to take medication to control side effects.
If you’re not comfortable taking medications, you can always get your prescription filled through a doctor.
This is especially true if you have a chronic condition or are a senior or middle-aged person.
If it’s not possible to get your medication filled through your doctor, there’s no reason to take a drug to control your side effects, said Dr. John Pfeiffer, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The US spends about $10 billion a year on prescription drug prescriptions, a number that’s on the rise.
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