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Lilly's Basaglar, Crestor Generics Helped Hold Down Drug Spending Growth In 2017

Executive Summary

Express Scripts' annual drug trend report highlights impact of key follow-on launches, and its own management solutions programs, in limiting the growth in overall drug spending for commercial plans to 1.5%; forecast calls for double-digit growth in inflammatory category to continue at least the next three years until biosimilar savings kick in.

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The three most expensive drug categories, on a per-member/per-year basis for the PBM's clients, increased by 19% or more in 2016, and similar growth is expected in the next three years. Per-patient spending on HCV drugs, however, declined by 34% last year.

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