Hepatitis C pills drive surge in U.S. drug costs: report

March 10, 2015 1:01 PM

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(Reuters) - Highly effective but expensive new pills to treat hepatitis C drove a 13.1 percent increase U.S. prescription drug spending in 2014, the fastest rate of increase in more than a decade, according to Express Scripts.

The company, which is the biggest U.S. manager of pharmacy benefits and administers pharmaceutical care for many leading employers, has warned frequently about the runaway cost of new medicines now reaching the market.

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