Drugmakers started new year with price hikes


On: Jan 2021

According to the survey made by health care research company, the emerging drugmakers such as Abbvie and Bristol Mayers Squibb gained the United States list drug prices on over 500 drug items to begin 2021. The gains come as many drugmakers are upset from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has decreased the doctor visits as well as demand for some medicines. They are also facing new drug prices cutting regulations from the administration of Donald Trump, which would diminish the profitability of the industry.

They contain more than 300 drug prices hikes from firms including Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline previous week. Almost the gains were less than ten percent and the median increment was around 4.8 percent, that down from previous year. The analysis of the company is dependent on information from Gold Standard Drug Database of Elsevier.

Reportedly, Abbvie gained prices on nearly 40 drugs containing a 7.4 percent jump on rheumatoid arthritis treatment Humira which is the top-selling drug of the world. Humira revenue is anticipated to climb up $20 billion in 2022. Another drugmaker Bristol Myers increased prices on a dozen of drugs, such as cancer drugs Opdivo and Revlimid by 1.5 % and 4.5 %, respectively. And also gained the blood thinner Eliquis price by six percent.

It said that it only gained costs on drugs along with recent clinical research. It anticipates net prices including rebates and other discounts to fall in 2021. The drug prices gains have lowered since 2015, both in terms of the size of the increments and the number of drugs impacted.

However, the drugmakers said that its evaluation of Medicaid data represents the average price per branded medicine is still picking up. Over period, the drugmakers roller out cheaper brands crafted to treat huge populations, and substituting them with costlier brands implemented to treat smaller populations.