Retail Drug Prices Increase More Than 50X Faster Than Inflation Rate
Dec 7, 2017 - 8:09:36 AM
The new “Rx Price Watch Report: Trends in Retail Prices of Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans, 2006-2015,” studied retail prices of a combined set of 268 brand name, 399 generic, and 101 specialty drugs widely used by older Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries, over ten years.
In 2015, the average annual cost of therapy for just one prescription drug was almost $13,000 for older adults. This cost was:
“Year after year, drug price increases far outpace price increases for the other kinds of goods and services that consumers use every day,” said AARP Chief Public Policy Officer Debra Whitman. “These increases are simply unsustainable for everyone, including patients, employers, insurers, and taxpayer-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid.”
Rx Price Watch Report Highlights
Based on the retail prices of 768 brand name, generic, and specialty drugs:
“Given these trends in prescription drug price increases, we’re going to continue seeing more and more older Americans, especially those on fixed incomes, who’ll be unable to afford their prescription drugs,” said Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research, AARP Public Policy Institute, and co-author of the report.
About Rx Price Watch Report Methodology
AARP’s Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the PRIME Institute at the University of Minnesota, developed a market basket used to examine retail price trends among brand name, generic, and specialty drugs that are widely used by older Americans, including Medicare beneficiaries. This Rx Price Watch report includes 268 brand name, 399 generic, and 101 specialty drug products. Using data from the Truven Health MarketScan® Research Databases, the reports analyzed retail price changes between 2006 and 2015 for this combined market basket.
The full report can be found here: http://www.aarp.org/
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