The high cost of prescription drugs has caused nearly 1 in 4 Iowans to stop taking their medications, according to new data and an infographic released by AARP Iowa. In 2016, 23% of Iowans stopped taking a prescription drug as prescribed due to cost, according to figures from the State Health Access Data Assistance Center. AARP unveiled the information nationally at the National Academy for State Health Policy annual conference as part of AARP’s nationwide Stop Rx Greed campaign to lower drug prices.The infographic also highlights recent price increases for three prescription drugs commonly used to treat cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Between 2012 and 2017, the retail price of Revlimid, used to treat cancer, increased 68% per year to an annual cost of more than $247,000. “Iowans shouldn’t have to make a choice between paying for groceries and life-saving medications,” said Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa state director. “AARP Iowa strongly urges Iowa lawmakers to continue taking meaningful action on this crisis now.”