Some N.J. drug prices are skyrocketing

Some N.J. drug prices are skyrocketing

31 Temmuz 2018 - 02:00

Many of the 20 best-selling drugs in the U.S. have seen price increases that far outpace inflation in the past few years. Pharmaceutical companies headquartered in New Jersey produce eight of the medicines on that list.

Common drugs used to treat conditions such as arthritis, nerve and muscle pain, and autoimmune diseases increased anywhere from about 8 percent to 19 percent, according to an analysis published by Pharmacy Benefits Consultants, a consulting company based in New Jersey. 

Earlier this year, the Democratic staff of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Oversight and Government Reform used that data and published a report that showed 16 of them increased in price since the end of 2016, 14 increased by double-digit percentages, and 11 increased by more than 15 percent.

Eight of the drugs included in the report, which compared prices from Dec. 31, 2016, to March 1, 2018, are manufactured by New Jersey pharmaceutical companies. 

Here's how much those Jersey drug prices increased, from least to most:

The prices come from GoodRX, the Food and Drug Administration and the official product websites. 

NOTE: Prices for all medicines are subject to various discounts and rebates negotiated by insurance companies, so the actual cost can be lower for the consumer. 


Renvela

Company: Sanofi

Location: Bridgewater, N.J. 

Price increase: Increased less than 5 percent or not at all. (Drugs that increased less than 5 percent in price were not included in the analysis.)

Current price: About $656 for 90 tablets, 600 mg

2016 price: $624 to $649 for 90 tablets, 600 mg

Description: Can lower the amount of phosphorus in the blood of patients receiving kidney dialysis


Gleevec

Company: Novartis

Location: East Hanover, N.J.

Price increase: Increased less than 5 percent or not at all. (Drugs that increased less than 5 percent in price were not included in the analysis.)

Current price: $3,197 to $3,324

2016 price: $3,166 for a month supply

Description: Can treat leukemia and other kinds of cancer and related diseases


Remicade

Company: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Location: New Brunswick, N.J.

Price increase: Increased less than 5 percent or not at all. (Drugs that increased less than 5 percent in price were not included in the analysis.)

Current price: $1,111 to $1,155 for a vial containing 100 milligrams of powder 

2016 price: About $1,100 for a vial containing 100 milligrams of powder 

Description: Used to treat Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and plaque psoriasis


Lantus

Company: Sanofi

Location: Bridgewater, N.J. 

Price increase: Increased less than 5 percent or not at all. (Drugs that increased less than 5 percent in price were not included in the analysis.)

Current price: $99 for a 10 mL vial 

2016 price: Anywhere from $94 to $98 

Description: Insulin used to treat diabetes


Kaynak:Nj.com

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