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Who gains from those drug discount deals? (Spoiler: Drug companies)
Who gains from those drug discount deals? (Spoiler: Drug companies)

The pharmaceutical industry has been bragging for nearly a decade now about its efforts to help cash-strapped patients pay for expensive prescription drugs.  "An important safety net," the industry says, that has "already helped millions of Americans get free or reduced-cost prescription medicines." It's all about good works and helping the patients, Big Pharma says of these patient assistance programs.  "America’s pharmaceutical and biotech companies have been among the first in line to help struggling Americans," goes a typical industry pitch. "That’s not government regulation at work; that’s our sense of...

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