“Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Drug Spending Dashboards with data for 2017. This Administration’s version of the drug dashboards, first released in May of last year, adds information on the manufacturers that are responsible for price increases and includes pricing and spending data for thousands more drugs across Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid.”
“The dashboards focus on average spending per dosage unit for prescription drugs paid under Medicare Parts B and D and Medicaid, and track the change in average spending per dosage unit over time. Information is presented in an interactive web-based tool, so researchers and consumers can easily sort the data to identify trends.”
“Drugs with limited to no competition can be identified using the dashboard, by sorting for drugs with few manufacturers. Information is also provided on drug uses and clinical indications, so patients and physicians can compare the list prices of different medications for a given condition…”
“The dashboards complement other CMS efforts to increase transparency on drug prices, including recent proposals to require prescription drug manufacturers to include list prices in television advertisements and proposals to implement legislation signed by President Trump to end the practice of pharmacy gag clauses. Pharmacy gag clauses can prevent pharmacists from telling patients how to access prescription drugs at the lowest cost…” Read the full press release here.
Source: CMS Updates Drug Dashboards with Prescription Drug Pricing and Spending Data – March 14, 2019. CMS.gov.