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The Numbers Game

Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page HE03

7.1 Average percentage increase last year in the manufacturer's price of 195 brand-name prescription drugs widely used by Americans age 50 and older

11.9 Percentage increase for the sleep medication Ambient (10 milligram tablets)

2.7 Percentage by which overall consumer prices rose in 2004

-- Source: "Trends in Manufacturer Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Used by Older Americans -- 2004 Year-end Update," prepared by the AARP Public Policy Institute in conjunction with the PRIME Institute of the University of Minnesota

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