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Spending on Diabetes Drugs Soars in US

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But while new medicines and combination therapies can be expensive, the cost of treating complications from untreated diabetes would create a much larger burden on government and private health plans and patient pocketbooks.

Diabetes and, in particular, type 2 diabetes, is becoming much more prevalent among people of all ages, Medco Chief Medical Officer Robert Epstein said in a statement.

While prevention of type 2 diabetes needs to be a national priority, drug treatments can help prevent the onset of complications from diabetes that lead to hospitalizations, more complex treatment and dramatically higher costs, Epstein said.


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