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Hospitals Say They're Being Slammed By Drug Price Hikes

By Kaiser Health News  
   October 12, 2016

"Drugs that were around for decades—almost a century, sometimes—caught us off guard," said Scott Knoer, chief pharmacy officer of the Cleveland Clinic, referring to price hikes for drugs such as nitroprusside, which increased 672 percent per unit from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report.

This article first appeared October 11, 2016 on Kaiser Health News.

By Sydney Lupkin

Hospitals are getting slammed by drug price hikes that often have nothing to do with improving patient health, a new report has found.

Inpatient drug spending increased by 23.4 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, compared with 9.9 percent annual increases on retail drug spending during the same period, according to a new report by National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, which was commissioned by the American Hospital Association and the Federation of American Hospitals. Spending was driven by increases in drug unit prices rather than an increase in the volume of drugs used, they found.


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