Prices of popular brand-name drugs increased at nearly ten times the cost of inflation

Prices increased for every brand-name drug of the top 20 most-prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors in the last five years. On average, prices for these drugs increased 12 percent every year for the last five years—approximately ten times higher than the average annual rate of inflation.  Twelve out of the 20 most commonly prescribed brand-name drugs for seniors had their prices increased by over 50 percent in the five-year period. Six of the 20 had price increases of over 100 percent. In one case, the weighted average wholesale acquisition cost for a single drug increased by 477 percent over a five-year period.  Continue reading

On high drug prices…

imagesKEY TAKEAWAY: A report released this week during the largest gathering of biotechnology executives in the world found that pharmaceutical companies are more worried than they were a year ago about their ability to prevail in drug price negotiations. If the M&A frenzy among insurers continues drug companies could find out just how bad a strategy of high drug prices really is. Continue reading

Drug prices keep defying the law of gravity

cost of HepcPOST SUMMARY: Since 2007, the cost of brand-name medicines has surged, with prices doubling for dozens of established drugs that target everything from multiple sclerosis to cancer, blood pressure and even erections, according to an analysis conducted for Bloomberg News. While the consumer price index rose just 12 percent in the period, one diabetes drug quadrupled in price and another rose by 160 percent, according to the analysis by Los-Angeles based DRX, a provider of comparison software for health plans. Source: Bloomberg.  Why are drug prices rising and what can be done about it? Continue reading