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AARP REPORTS ON TRENDS IN RETAIL PRICES OF GENERIC PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

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ANCHOR LEAD: Are you one of the many Americans who turn to generic drugs to help maintain your health? Brian Osuch finds out you may need to start setting more money aside because of price increases. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. Consumers traditionally rely upon generic prescription drugs because of their substantially reduced prices. But, AARP's RX Price Watch report finds a disturbing trend over the past ten years. AARP's Director of Health Services Research, Leigh Purvis… CUT: (Purvis) Decreasing prices for generic prescription drugs is not a surprise. That's something we've been seeing consistently for the past several years. What was a surprise, was the magnitude of the decrease was actually the smallest we've seen since 2006. Which is a concern for us. SCRIPT: The report also discovered a number of products that had substantial price increases, and that spells bad news for the many Americans on a fixed income who use generics. CUT: (Purvis) Americans take a lot of prescription drugs. More than two-thirds of older Americans take three or more prescription drugs on a regular basis. So when you see price increases that's going to be reflected in what you're paying at the pharmacy and it's really important for people to keep an eye on what's happening because that's obviously going impact their bottom line. SCRIPT: For more on the report, go to AARP.org/RxPriceWatch. That's Newsbreak from AARP. I'm Brian Osuch.
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