Medicaid Pays Millions in Excess Costs Due to Delayed Generic Drug Entry

Among the 69 brand-name drugs that were expected to lose market exclusivity between 2010 and 2015, only 38 products saw the launch of generic versions either before or within one quarter of the expected date, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. For the 31 drugs whose generic entry was delayed by more than one quarter or did not occur, Medicaid incurred additional associated costs of $760.7 million between 2010 and 2016.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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