Report to the President: Prescription Drug Coverage, Spending, Utilization, and Prices.. Other Data Sources

04/01/2000

In addition to these three basic surveys, this report draws on findings from two other community-based surveys. The first is the ongoing Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which collects information on household income and spending. The second is the 1997 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) conducted by the NCHS at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Trend estimates for aggregate U.S. drug spending are derived from the National Health Expenditures Series developed by HCFA(now known as CMS), which provides longitudinal information on aggregate spending by different payers for various categories of health services and supplies.

Finally, representatives of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and HCFA(now known as CMS) conducted a series of informal interviews with outside sources to collect background information for this report. These sources included representatives of drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, benefit consultants, consumer groups, and researchers familiar with the drug industry. They were asked for their insights on how the drug distribution system works, important trends in the industry, and any information that they could share about drug coverage, utilization, spending, and pricing.

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