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Capitol Health Call
August 14, 2013

High-Cost Drugs Account for Most of Medicare Part B Spending

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Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2013;310(6):572. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.192555

The 10 highest-expenditure drugs accounted for almost half of all Medicare Part B drug spending in 2010, according to testimony by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) (http://tinyurl.com/mju652s). Furthermore, the 55 highest-expenditure drugs represented 85% of the $16.9 billion spent by Medicare in the Part B program. The GAO submitted its report during a June 28 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Health, which is considering reforms to improve the Medicare Part B drug program.