Spending on prescription drugs is projected to grow 3.5% in 2008–a slowdown of 1.4% from 2007–and reach $235.4 billion. Drug spending growth is expected to rebound to 4.5% in 2010–climbing to 6.6% by 2013. By 2018 it will reach 8.6%.
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