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Rising care costs The back-and-forth between industry groups might obscure a positive trend: data showing U.S. drug price inflation has moderated in recent years. (Image: Shutterstock)

A pharmaceutical industry group is pushing back against a recent report that said some drug price increases were not supported by clinical improvement.

The Nov. 16 report by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) said that among the top 10 drugs with price increases in 2020 that had substantial effects on US spending, seven of 10 drugs did not have new evidence of a new clinical benefit. The report focused on Humira, a rheumatoid arthritis drug—which, by itself, accounted for $1.4 billion of the $1.67 billion in additional drug spending.

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