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Pills on top of coin stacks, piggy In comparison with individual countries, U.S. prices ranged from 170% of prices in Mexico to 779% of prices in Turkey. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Prescription drugs cost an average of 2.56 times more in the United States than they do in 32 other countries, according to a new report from RAND Corporation.

That disparity is even greater for brand name drugs, with U.S. prices averaging 3.44 times those in comparison nations. The study also found that prices for unbranded generic drugs — which account for 84% of drugs sold in the United States by volume but only 12% of U.S. spending — are slightly lower in the United States than in most other countries.

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