Comparison of U.S. and International Prices for Top Medicare Part B Drugs by Total Expenditures

10/25/2018

The prices charged by drug manufacturers to wholesalers and distributors (commonly referred to as exmanufacturers prices) in the United States are 1.8 times higher than in other countries for the top drugs by total expenditures separately paid under Medicare Part B. U.S. prices were higher for most of the drugs included in the analysis, and U.S. prices were more likely to be the highest prices paid among the countries in our study.

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