Price increases for these popular drugs over past five years:
Flomax (0.4 mg): rose 92 percent
Advair Diskus (250 mg-50 mg) and Aricept (10 mg): each increased 40 percent
Nexium (40 mg): rose 28 percent
Lipitor (20 mg): increased 24 percent
Fosamax (70 mg): increased about 20 percent, even with introduction of a generic equivalent in 2008
By the end of 2009, for patients taking a brand-name drug for a year for a chronic condition, the average retail cost was $626 higher than five years earlier. For a patient taking three brand-name medications, this translates into a yearly average increase of $1,878.