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After months of talks, the state of Nevada has joined a consortium formed by Oregon and Washington to pool purchasing power and get better prices on prescription drugs, the latest bid by a state government to try to blunt the rising cost of medicines.

The Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium, which began in 2006, claims to facilitate the purchase of more than $800 million in prescription drugs each year and saved at least 1 million people in Oregon and Washington nearly $100 million over the last six years. Members are given a discount card named ArrayRx Solutions.

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