INFOGRAPHIC: Compound Drug Prices Skyrocket

Oct 28, 2014

A 2012 change in industry standards unintentionally led to unsustainable price increases on compounded medications – most of which provide no added clinical value.

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From 2012 to 2013, U.S. spending on compounded medications increased 218%.

If gas prices followed this same trend, we’d be paying $17.60 per gallon this year and $81.31 per gallon by 2016.

Nobody can afford that sort of annual price hike.

Risks Beyond Cost

While payers wrestle with skyrocketing costs, the safety and efficacy of these medications can pose serious health risks for patients.

Compounded medications are tailored by mixing, combining or altering ingredients. The drugs generally do not have standardized dosages and duration for use, and they do not undergo the same rigorous review process as FDA-approved medications.

There is a legitimate need for certain compounded medications. But by and large, compounds do not provide any additional clinical value over numerous FDA-approved alternatives that are readily available to patients at a far lower cost.

Minimizing Wasted Spending on Compound Drugs

Express Scripts’ comprehensive compound management solution reins in costs while ensuring patients have access to the medications they truly need. By continuously monitoring for clinically unproven compound ingredients, the solution has eliminated 95% of spending on compounded medications with minimal patient impact.

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