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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Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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