A Healthesystems publication

Fall 2015

Counteracting The Rise of Generic Pricing

Generics have long provided cost-effective, clinically appropriate alternatives to their more expensive brand-name counterparts. But steep increases to average wholesale prices (AWPs) for some generic medications are becoming a significant driver for rising claim costs, leaving payers to seek more aggressive strategies for cost containment.

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1 -Healthesystems data
2 -Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. April 13, 2015. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/oig-letterto-sen-sanders-4-13-2015?inline=file. Accessed September 10, 2015.
3 -Elsevier data as reported in Forbes: Why Are Generic Drug Prices Shooting Up? February 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2015/02/27/why-are-genericdrug-prices-shooting-up/ Accessed September 10,2015.
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