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Rx Watchdog

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What Is Rx Watchdog?

AARP's Rx Watchdog newsletter highlights trends in the prescription drug market place and how those trends impact consumers.

It monitors the pricing, legislative, and public policies of the world's pharmaceutical manufacturers, and reports those policies, detrimental or beneficial, to AARP members and the American public.


Prices for Brand Name Drugs Increasing at Record Rates


Table of Contents

The Impact Upon Consumers...1

The Annual Retail Cost of Therapy...2

Retail Prices for Widely Used Brand Name Drug Products Increased by
More Than the Rate of General Inflation for All Drug Manufacturers in 2009...3

AARP Public Policy Institute's New Focus on Retail Drug Prices...2


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May 2010

Brand Name and Specialty Drug Prices Continue to Climb


Table of Contents 

Brand Name and Specialty Drug Prices Continue to Climb….1

Health Reform to Reduce Drug Costs for Many Americans…1

Good News: Closing the Part D Doughnut Hole....1

Table 1: All of the Top 25 Brand Name Prescription Drug Products Experienced a Manufacturer Price Change in the Past Year....2


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March 2010

Assistance Paying for Prescription Drugs

Table of Contents 

Can't Afford Your Drugs? There May Be Some Help For You...1

Doughnut Hole Calculator...3

Legal Front News...4

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs...6

State Advocacy Update...7


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