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Policies to rein in unregulated annual increases in list prices for brand-name drugs may have important consequences for patient out-of-pocket spending,

Given the limited understanding of how drug prices affect patient out-of-pocket costs for commercially insured individuals, a team of researchers set out to examine the correlation between changes in list prices, net prices, and out-of-pocket spending for brand-name drugs.

Led by Benjamin Rome, an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the study included 79 drugs used by commercially insured patients between January 2015 and December 2017. The results were published earlier this month in JAMA Network Open.

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