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Nearly two dozen Florida businesses and healthcare groups have signed on to a national campaign to control prescription drug costs.  The effort has been buoyed recently by reports of astronomically high prices for every-day medications like Epi Pens.

Janet Applefield of Clearwater, Fl. Applefield has had trouble getting her prescriptions processed due to step therapy regulations.
Janet Applefield

As more people gain insurance under the Affordable Care Act, they’ve been running into problems with medications and finding doctors. Now an old practice--one put in place to address the rising cost of medications, is becoming increasingly burdensome for doctors, patients and pharmacists.