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The Public and Prescription Drugs


Prescription drugs have become an integral part of medical practice – they help keep people healthy and save lives. But rising prescription drug costs have placed a growing burden on consumers, employers, and public programs. The issue of drug coverage for seniors under Medicare has moved to center stage in the Presidential election. This Public Opinion Update summarizes key findings from several surveys conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in conjunction with other partners on topics such as Medicare prescription drug coverage proposals, opinions on importing lower-priced prescription drugs from other countries, views of pharmaceutical companies, and general information about prescription drug usage and coverage.


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