Pharmacies are struggling with a deadly epidemic of drug overdoses, and the price of prescription drugs is one of the most lucrative sources of income.
Pharmacy chains have struggled to fill the void with new, cheaper and more effective medications, which is why more than a quarter of the country’s pharmacies are closing, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Pharmacy chain in California, which has closed its doors for good, the closure has created a shortage of medications for seniors who are already struggling with opioid withdrawal symptoms.
“It’s very sad and sad for the families, and it’s a very difficult time for the pharmacy to operate,” said Linda Rinaldi, who runs the chain in Santa Clara, Calif.
The average price of a bottle of generic oxycodone rose from $5.49 a pill last year to $7.99 last year, according the CDC.
The price of oxycodones has been rising at an annual rate of over 10 percent since the year 2000, according data from the agency.
According to the CDC, prescriptions for painkillers rose 17 percent in 2016.
And opioids are used in more than 60 percent of deaths nationwide.
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