Anyway, as widely reported last week, U.S. spending on outpatient prescription drugs grew by only 4.9 percent in 2007, which was below overall health care spending growth of 6.1 percent.
Here are three links for your reading pleasure, listed in increasing order of policy wonkiness:
- Rookie Wonk: Health-Care Outlays Climb at Slowest Rate in Years (Wall Street Journal)
- Big League Wonk: National Health Spending In 2007 (Health Affairs article)
- Pro Bowl Wonk: National Health Expenditure data (raw data from the
CMSsite. Yeah, baby!!)
- A generic dispensing rate of 67 percent in 2007, up from 63 percent in 2006 and 60 percent in 2005.
- Safety issues – The FDA issued 68 “black box” warnings in 2007 compared to 58 in 2006 and 21 in 2003.
- Part D spending, which declined following the one-time growth effect of adding the benefit in 2006
I was especially interested to see that public funds paid for 36 percent of total retail drug spending in 2007. The majority of public funds were associated with major
During halftime (with Eagles 10, Giants 8), I created the following chart to show how payments for prescription drugs (share of dollars) has changed during my lifetime.
So, how much money do pharmacies make from each of these payers?
Stay tuned later this week – the answer will surprise you!