Prime Therapeutics Reports Modest Drug Trend Increases
Prime Therapeutics LLC’s 2019 drug trend report showed single-digit increases for its commercial and Medicare Part D lines of business. Medicaid trend increased 10.2%, with utilization of specialty drugs remaining the largest driver of trend. In all lines of business, utilization of traditional drugs increased at a typical rate of 0.5% to 2.7%. Meanwhile, as brand drugs continued transitioning to generics in both government programs, the unit cost of specialty drugs went down.
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