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dc.contributor.authorPearson, Susanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:31:54Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:31:54Z
dc.date.issued2011-02-04en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-02182011-012738en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/31268
dc.description.abstractThe high cost of prescription drugs has been an issue that numerous federal agencies have examined for years. In 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, better known as Medicare Part D, in an effort to ease the burden of skyrocketing prescription prices for citizens 65 and older. While much of the discussion has focused on the impact on Medicare and Medicaid, the search for the source of high prescription drug prices has possible benefits for all patients. Unfortunately, the vast majority of research into this topic focuses only on the manufacturers of prescription drugs. This thesis examined the relationship between wholesale and retail prices of prescription drugs to discover whether this is another possible source of high prescription drug costs that policy makers need to consider. The findings suggest that more research is warranted. Many of the pharmacies surveyed reported unexpected negative mark-ups. Moreover, the Average Wholesale Rice evidently is not an accurate basis for comparison with actual retail prices. The findings suggest that more research is warranted, including studies by federal legislative and executive branch actors with investigatory authority.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartPearson_SL_T_2011Revised.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectwholesale pricesen_US
dc.subjectprescription drugsen_US
dc.subjecthigh costsen_US
dc.subjectU.S. health care policyen_US
dc.subjectretail pricesen_US
dc.titleA Need for Government Intervention? Prescription Drug Prices and Retail Mark-upsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHult, Karen M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBrians, Craig Leonarden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPencek, Bruceen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-02182011-012738/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-02-18en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-03-22
dc.date.adate2011-03-22en_US


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