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Common medications like ibuprofen or naproxen don't cost a lot on their own. But drug manufacturers often blend those kinds of medicines into one tablet and then sell the combined drug for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
The details: Here are four combination drugs that industry experts have highlighted as notably pricey examples.
The intrigue: Each of these drugs is made up of two different medications that can be bought in pharmacies as over-the-counter pills or as generics for a total of $20 or less. Vimovo, for example, is a mixture of Aleve and Nexium.
By the numbers: These are the aggregate sales of each drug.
The other side: "This is a question of patient choice," Pfizer said in a statement. "Comparing the price of a branded combination medicine to individual generics is apples to oranges."
The areas most flooded with prescription opioids are mostly represented by Republicans. The opioid crisis has taken a steep toll nationwide, but the South and Appalachia are particularly inundated with highly addictive prescription painkillers.
Between the lines: This is an association, not necessarily a cause-and-effect relationship. The abuse of prescription painkillers is worst in the South and Appalachia, which are predominantly represented by Republicans.
What's next: The House passed roughly 60 opioid-related bills in June; a timeline for getting a full package all the way to President Trump's desk is not yet clear.
As Democrats put health care front and center ahead of the midterms, their national message is mainly about threats to the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for pre-existing conditions.
But my colleague Caitlin Owens runs through some more personalized health care attacks in some of the most hotly contested Senate races this year.
What Democrats are saying:
The other side: Republicans are happy to remind voters that Democratic incumbents, especially in red states, belong to a party that is quickly moving towards embracing single-payer health care.
I reported on Friday that Patients for Affordable Drugs Action was, for the first time, spending money against a Democrat: California Rep. Anna Eshoo. I reached out to her campaign for a response. They said, in part:
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