Prescription Drug Prices Predicted to Skyrocket by 2016

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A recent study from the St. Louis-based Express Scripts is analyzing America’s prescription drug spending.

David Whitrap with Express Scripts says he expects specialty drug spending to increase an additional 63 percent by 2016.

“Specialty drugs such as those three complex conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer, while used by fewer than one percent of the population, now account for more than a quarter of the country’s overall prescription drug spend,” Whitrap says.

He says that one example in particular is Hepatitis C, which is a disease that affects nearly three million Americans. New therapies to treat Hepatitis C are being priced at $1,000 per pill.

Whitrap adds that it is unprecedented to have a pill be this expensive for such a large patient population. He also says the spending on cholesterol and blood pressure medications is expected to decline this year and next with more generics available.

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