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The cost escalation of some generic drugs has gotten so out of control that two elected officials have asked the Obama administration to make a formal investigation into what’s driving the increases. And, in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, they suggested they might take legislative action to control generic price increases.

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, co-signed a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell stating that “these huge price increases are affecting the pocketbooks and health of millions of Americans.”

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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