5 Costliest Drugs Per Medicare Part D Beneficiary

DECEMBER 29, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Pharmacists should familiarize themselves with how much each prescription cost the US government per patient last year.
Medicare is the biggest purchaser of prescription drugs in the United States, and
the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched a dashboard aimed at promoting transparency in government drug spending.
The interactive dashboard includes 80 prescription drugs with an intention to give all pharmacy stakeholders information on each drug, including a cost trend analysis, brand names, generic names, and manufacturer details.
The 80 drugs included represent 33% of all Medicare Part D spending.
Here are the top 5 costliest drugs per Medicare Part D beneficiary, according to CMS 2014 data on total annual spending per user: