Coins and pills on a scale An increase in discounts offset the increase in list prices by an average of 62 percent, but not everyone is seeing the savings. (Image: Shutterstock)

Drug prices are increasing, but what does that mean, exactly? Does that mean patients are paying more for their drugs, employers, insurers, or all of the above?

A recent analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and published in JAMA honed in on the change in both list prices and net prices for some 600 drugs between 2007 and 2018. They found that list prices increased an average of 9.1 percent per year over that period, while net price increases were held to just half of that–4.5 percent per year.

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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