From 2009 to 2019, commercial per-member per-month costs have almost doubled, from $17.28 to $32.73, an increase of 89%, according to the latest Medical Pharmacy Trend Report from Magellan Rx Management. The report also found that the cost of Remicade (infliximab), the top commercial drug, has grown two-and-a-half times during that same period.
For the first time, the top five PMPM commercial drugs have changed, with Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) ranked in the No. 3 spot, displacing Avastin (bevacizumab), which fell to the seventh spot. Researchers found that out of 32 surveyed payers, 72% preferred Avastin’s biosimilars over the reference product (see chart below).