Spiking drug prices impact Portland residents

100 prescription drugs had 70 percent price hike

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Earlier this year the story of EpiPen price hikes outraged many Americans and led to Congress grilling the CEO of Mylan, the company that makes the EpiPen. But an investigation by KGW and TEGNA stations around the country shows that EpiPen is far from the only drug to see dramatic price increases in recent years.

Using a federal database of drug prices, investigators identified 100 prescription drugs that have seen price hikes of at least 70 percent since 2012.

Trina Blake of Northeast Portland has personally experienced the impact of these increases. The type of insulin she takes for her type 1 diabetes has increased in price by 90 percent in the last several years.

“There’s no free lunch, but if it gets to the point if I have to decide between my house payment and my insulin, that’s a hard decision,” Blake said.

KGW investigative reporter Kyle Iboshi talked to Blake about her story, and heard similar stories around the country. You can watch his report in the video below.

You can also see more reporting from TEGNA stations here.

Have drug price increases impacted you? Tell us your story here.

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