A study by Express Scripts found that the U.S. wasted more than $418 billion last year on treatments that offered no extra clinical benefit, including the use of expensive prescription drugs and pharmacies despite the availability of equivalent or superior alternatives. Another source of wasteful spending was nonadherance to drug regimens. Mississippi led all states in wasteful spending, according to the report. Southern states made up the top five, and the prevalence of chronic disease in the region may be behind those states' high rankings.

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