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Humira The drug that caused the most increased spending by far was Humira, a rheumatoid arthritis drug. (Photo: JB Reed/Bloomberg)

Drug price increases that were not supported by clinical improvements raised health care costs in the U.S. by about $1.67 billion in 2020, a new report said.

The report, released by The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) said that among the top 10 drugs with price increases last year that had substantial effects on US spending, seven of 10 drugs did not have new evidence of a new clinical benefit. The group said these unsupported drug price increases cost the U.S. health system $1.67 billion, even after pharmaceutical rebates and other concessions.

 

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