Hepatitis Pills Spark Biggest Jump In Drug Costs In A Decade

March 10, 2015 4:00 AM

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New pills to treat hepatitis C that are hailed for their effectiveness and bemoaned because of their costs, were a big contributor to a 13 percent increase in drug spending last year, according to a new report from drug benefit firm Express Scripts (ESRX).

It was the biggest percentage increase in total spending on prescription drugs in more than a decade, said Express Scripts, which administers drug benefits for some of the nation’s largest employers. Excluding hepatitis C pills and compounded medications, Express Scripts said the year over year incr...

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