Steady increases in drug prices are not new factors in our society. Every time we turn around, medications seems to be becoming costlier and costlier and far more intricate in purpose. However, did you know that we not only have to pay more for newer medications (as expected) but also spend more money on existing medications? According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care reveal that new drugs do drive up market prices, but the prices on old drugs are also skyrocketing. While the former is understandable, why do we have to keep paying more for drugs that were created decades ago? What is the ultimate purpose? Let’s take a closer look at the link between drug prices and older products.
A Bizarre Turn of Events
Based on the report (featured in Health Affairs this January), products that accounted for the largest increase in overall costs were new products. Dr. Inmaculada Hernandez (the study’s lead author and an assistant professor at the Pitt School of Pharmacy) has explained how this pattern is expected, due to the simple fact that new drugs require more funding for tests and safety measures. However, as she has pointed out, this increase in the costs of older materials is not a sign of improvement. Higher costs do not reflect a better value for existing drugs.
A Gradual Increase
In the study, Dr. Hernandez and her team discovered the brand-name oral medication costs increased by an estimated 9% (5 time greater than the rate of inflation), while brand-name injectable costs increased by about 15%. As an example, Sanofi’s Lantus brand insulin’s price was 49% higher in 2014, even though this drug has been available for well over 10 years. (Even the patent for Lantus officially expired in 2015.) Here is a closer look at additional spikes in existing drug costs:
- 21% increase for specialty oral drugs
- 13% increase for specialty injectables
- 4-7% increase for generic drugs
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