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Study calculates true difference in drug prices between US and Europe

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3699
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The price of drugs for consumers in the United States, in comparison with what Europeans pay, is not as high as has commonly been thought, a study by two researchers at the London School of Economics has found.

    They write: “Large differences in prices are mainly observed at the ex-factory level [the price the manufacturer sells at the factory door], but these are not the prices that consumers and payers pay.”

    Previous studies said that US consumers paid higher prices for their drugs than those in other countries, with factory prices being twice as high in the US as in Europe and in other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation …

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