Before you ever walk up to the counter at your local pharmacy, a lot has already happened to get your prescription drug ready for pickup.
For a single prescription drug, there are often five companies involved, from development all the way to your medicine cabinet. These companies are responsible for everything from making the drug and setting its price to distribution to your local pharmacy, negotiating how much you’re expected to pay for it, and covering the rest of the cost. Each company makes a tidy profit along the way. And as drug prices increase, so do those profits.