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Voter anger over surging prescription drug costs has generated a campaign issue

Voter anger over surging prescription drug costs has generated a campaign issue

Cathy Kerns expected to spend her retirement savings as her friends do: on cruises or other “golden years” indulgences. Instead, she’s spending her money on pills — 14 medications she takes daily to control multiple sclerosis, lupus and other ailments.

“Many times you find yourself struggling to find the money to try to stay medicated,” said Kerns, 66, a retired advertising executive who lives in Orlando, Fla.

That concern about the cost of prescription drugs has emerged as a big issue in the presidential campaign, prompting candidates in both parties to sharpen their rhetoric against pharmaceutical companies and put curbing drug...

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