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Why Diabetes Drugs Cost So Much--and What Can Be Done About It

Patents and pharmacy benefit managers are part of the reason diabetes medication prices keep going up. Almost everyone seems to agree that prescription drug prices are too high. On Monday, House Democrats announced they have begun an investigation into the pricing practices of the pharmaceutical industry. This came less than a week after Democratic leaders unveiled a multi-pronged legislative effort to reduce drug prices. For his part, President Donald Trump last year introduced his plan to deal with what he called the "unfair practices" of the drug companies. The cost of prescription medication can be burdensome to even people who take drugs occasionally or for short periods of time. The impact, however, can unrelenting for people with diabetes who must take medication every day to keep their disease in check. Here's a look at two of the drugs that can break the bank for people with diabetes and how these medications got to be so expensive.
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