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KFF: 82% of Adults Say Prescription Drug Costs are Unreasonable


About three in 10 adults report not taking their medicines as prescribed at some point in the past year because of the cost, according to a survey by KFF.

Affordability of prescription drugs is a key issue for Americans, according to a survey by KFF. This is especially true for those who are taking four or more prescriptions; 37% of these respondents say they have difficulty affording their prescriptions, compared with 18% who currently take three or fewer prescription medications. Those with household incomes of than the $40,000 are more likely to report difficulty affording medications.

Additionally, 31% adults report not taking their medicines as prescribed at some point in the past year because of the cost. This includes 21% who report they have not filled a prescription or took an over-the counter drug instead, and 12% who say they have cut pills in half or skipped a dose because of the cost. (See Figure below.)

Among those surveyed by KFF, 73% support regulations that would address drug prices, including limiting the price of prescription drugs. Among Democrats, 82% support limiting prices; among Republicans, 67% support limiting prices.

Source: KFF

Source: KFF

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