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FILE -- A pharmacist holds a pill of the antiviral drug Sovaldi at the National Liver Institute in Cairo, June 17, 2015. Two decades ago, the costs for drugs in the U.S. began rising well beyond that of other nations, and in recent years have shot up again. (Scott Nelson/The New York Times)

FILE -- A pharmacist holds a pill of the antiviral drug Sovaldi at the National Liver Institute in Cairo, June 17, 2015. Two decades ago, the costs for drugs in the U.S. began rising well beyond that of other nations, and in recent years have shot up again. (Scott Nelson/The New York Times)