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What’s happening to generic drug prices? August 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? August 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” We saw a lot of price decreases this past month, and an overall decrease in annualized spending. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart.

What’s happening to generic drug prices? July 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? July 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” We saw a lot of price increases this past month, and an overall decrease in annualized spending, after a couple months of concerning trends. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart.

Generic Lyrica launches at 97% discount to brand version

Generic Lyrica launches at 97% discount to brand version

Last week, the FDA dropped the big news that they had given the greenlight for generic manufacturers to officially enter the market to begin competing with Pfizer's blockbuster nerve pain medication, Lyrica. Not only was Lyrica going generic, but a whopping 10 manufacturers were approved to immediately begin releasing copycat versions into the prescription drug supply chain. With all the pricing criticism that Pfizer faced in years past over the drug, we knew that this would be a big moment for those who were unhappy with the brand-version's price. And we knew that with 10 different generic manufacturers, the price would likely drop pretty quickly. So, now that the generic has officially hit pharmacy shelves, we called some pharmacies to see just how low the price had gone, and we were stunned by the numbers.

What’s happening to generic drug prices? June 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? June 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like we saw a lot of price increases this past month, and an overall increase in annualized spending. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart and new year-over-year generic deflation tracker!

What’s happening to generic drug prices? May 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? May 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like we saw a lot of price increases this past month, and an overall increase in annualized spending. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated and upgraded NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

Newly released CMS drug pricing data reveals continued generic drug pricing distortions

Newly released CMS drug pricing data reveals continued generic drug pricing distortions

Last week, we were met with a delightful surprise as we were perusing through the CMS website and discovered an out-of-the-blue drug pricing data update just begging to be downloaded. The hidden treasure was the freshly-updated CMS State Utilization database, which provides quarterly drug pricing data that shows what state Medicaid programs are spending on prescription drugs, providing an excellent window into the price-setting practices of the prescription drug supply chain. This most recent CMS data update ended up filling in most of the Q3 2018 divots and extended the 2018 data to include large portions of the fourth quarter. We have updated all of our dashboards that rely on this dataset, rolling all of them forward to Q4 2018. We couldn't resist sneaking an extended peak at the data, and while we will offer more in-depth analyses soon, we wanted to give some of our initial takeaways.

What’s happening to generic drug prices? April 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? April 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like we saw a lot of price decreases this past month, and and overall decrease in annualized spending. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated and upgraded NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

What’s happening to generic drug prices? March 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? March 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like we saw a lot of price increases this past month, but overall decrease in annualized spending. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated and upgraded NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

What’s happening to generic drug prices? February 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? February 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like we saw some very unfortunate generic inflation this past month. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated and upgraded NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

What’s happening to generic drug prices? January 2019 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? January 2019 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our next installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” On a positive note, it looks like there was a substantial amount of generic deflation in the aggregate. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated and upgraded NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

Slicing up the Pie: New dashboard launched to track drugmaker market share

Slicing up the Pie: New dashboard launched to track drugmaker market share

If you’re trying to discover reasons for why drug prices go up or down, one of the best things to look at is supply and demand. A new federal antitrust lawsuit alleges that several generic drugmakers were colluding in an effort to protect market share and raise prices. To get a better sense of what was happening in the market at the time the alleged collusion took place, it helps to track a drug’s market share over time. Using Medicaid utilization data and other public datasets, we have now launched a new dashboard to provide a crumb trail for those looking to determine the market distribution of drug manufacturers as prices fluctuate.

What’s happening to generic drug prices? December 2018 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? December 2018 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our fifth installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” On a positive note, it looks like there was a bit of net deflation. But overall it was a less than stellar month for generic deflation - it was the first month (since we started this monthly review) where we saw more generic drug price increases then decreases. As always, the details matter, and we’re here to provide them for you. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

Does Pennsylvania have a spread pricing problem?

Does Pennsylvania have a spread pricing problem?

As drug pricing scrutiny grows, PBM spread pricing of cheap, generic drugs is becoming a hot topic of conversation in states across the country. After the state of Ohio opened the books thanks to an audit from the state auditor, the uncovered $224 million PBM spread now has other states scrambling to see what they are being charged as well. One of those states is Pennsylvania, where their state auditor is trying hard to get the data he needs to see where the money is going in the third largest managed care program in the country. Since there are many folks wondering what’s going on in Pennsylvania, considering the current lack of hard data, we decided to dig into the publicly available data to see if Pennsylvania appears to have the makings of an “Ohio problem.”

What's happening to generic drug prices? November 2018 NADAC Survey update

What's happening to generic drug prices? November 2018 NADAC Survey update

CMS published their latest National Average Drug Acquisition Cost (NADAC) survey results today, and they've given us a lot to be thankful for! Applying the latest pricing changes to Medicaid's 2018 drug utilization mix results in $169 million of annualized savings on generic drugs. Moreover, we got both better "quantity" and "quality" out of this update.  In other words, more generic drugs went down in price (quantity) and of the ones that went down, a lot more went down by a meaningful amount (quality).

What’s happening to generic drug prices? October 2018 NADAC Survey Update

What’s happening to generic drug prices? October 2018 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our third installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” It looks like there was a bit of net deflation, but overall, there were an equal number of price increases and decreases. But as always, the details matter. Check out our latest drug pricing report for a lot of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!

What's happening to generic drug prices? - September 2018 NADAC Survey Update

What's happening to generic drug prices? - September 2018 NADAC Survey Update

It’s NADAC survey results week, which means it’s time for our second installment of “what happened to generic drug prices last month.” Good news. Prices are dropping significantly. Check out our latest drug pricing report for lots of important updates, plus an updated NADAC Packed Bubble Chart!