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Consumer Confidential: She paid $3.47 for a prescription drug. The retail price was 10,000 percent higher

Stephanie Garman picked up some prescription meds from CVS the other day. Normally she doesn't give such things a second thought. This time she took a closer look at her receipt.

The retail price for her drug: $355.99.

The amount due: $3.47.

In other words, Ventura resident Garman was being charged 1 percent of the drug's market price. She's not complaining. But she wonders how there can be such a huge gap between what a drug ostensibly costs and what she's actually paying.

"Someone is obviously benefiting from this, but I don't know who," Garman told me.

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