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For patients with prescription drug costs over $50,000, 97.6 percent of costs are paid for by plans. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A tiny but growing population of individuals with complicated illnesses and special treatment needs are accounting for an increasingly significant amount of the nation’s overall prescription drug costs, according to a report from ExpressScripts, “Super Spending: U.S. Trends in High-Cost Medication Use.”

“We live in a fortunate time when science has delivered amazing therapies and made it possible for people with complex, chronic diseases to live a little more normal life,” Glen Stettin, M.D., senior vice president, clinical, research and new solutions at Express Scripts, writes in the report’s foreword note.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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