Reality Check

DRUG-COMPANY BASHERS SAY pharmaceutical companies are gouging a vulnerable public. Ranging from the White House to Congress, they compare wholesale drug prices (up 3.1% last year) with producer prices (up just 0.2%). Senator David Pryor (D-Ark.), a veteran industry critic, figures that means drug inflation was running at 15.5 times the true inflation rate. The message is we need "meaningful restraints" (read: price controls) on drugs.

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