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New Data Show Increased Medicare Rx Drug Spending

Spending on prescription drugs in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program rose 17 percent in 2014, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The data show that Medicare Part D spending increases outpaced overall prescription drug spending increases, which rose 12.6 percent during the same period.

This second annual data release is part of the administration’s strategy to create a more-transparent health care system. The data set includes information from more than 1 million health care providers on prescription drugs paid for by Medicare Part D, including aggregate information on opioids, antibiotics, antipsychotics, and high-risk medications for the elderly.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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