New health policy brief: Specialty pharmaceuticals

From Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation:

Specialty pharmaceuticals–drugs and biologics used to treat chronic, serious, or life-threatening diseases–are complex to manufacture and distribute, often difficult to administer, and may require special patient monitoring. They are a rapidly growing share of the costs borne by both public and private health plans. A patient could pay a few thousand dollars a month to use them, and the annual total cost for some products could exceed $100,000. This policy brief discusses the potential impact of specialty pharmaceuticals on consumers and the health care industry and some of the key challenges for policy makers.

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