In the latest bid to pull the curtain back on drug pricing, Merck posted assorted data on its web site on Friday, although the company stopped short of providing details on specific medicines.

For instance, Merck disclosed that it raised list prices 10.5 percent in 2014, from 7.4 percent in 2010, before declining to 9.6 percent last year, according to the notice. On what is called a net basis, which is after Merck subtracts discounts and rebates to payers, prices fluctuated over time — starting at 3.4 percent in 2010 and settling at 5.5 percent over each of the past two years. Net prices peaked at 6.2 percent in 2012.

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