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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Specialty Drugs Contributed Another $87 Annually Per Enrollee in 2014
Blue Cross Blue Shield recently conducted an analysis on the high cost of
specialty drugs. Here are some key findings from the report:
contributed another $87 annually in costs per enrollee whether or not they used
·Spending on specialty
drugs jumped 26% in 2014 due to new hepatitis C pills like Sovaldi.
·Sovaldi, which was
launched in 2014 by Gilead Sciences, costs $84,000 per treatment.
spending overall jumped 12.6% in 2014 and 7.6% in 2015.
which grew 612% in 2014, resulted in a $29 annual increase per member.
·Drug spending on
inflammatory conditions grew by 29%, resulting in a $22 annual increase per