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Our research has shown that in most payer environments, less than 10 percent of injured workers receiving prescriptions can account for more than 55 percent of their total drug spend," says Daryl Corr, President of Healthesystems, a specialty provider of medical cost management solutions for the workers' compensation industry.
Increasing Specialty-Drug Costs Specialty-drug costs are expected to account for more than 25% of total drug spend by 2009.
Achieving Optimal Health: Specialty Pharmacy and Disease Therapy Management Specialty pharmacy is the fastest-growing area of health care, projected to be nearly 25 percent of the nation's total drug spend in 2010, or approximately $110 billion.
According to Tim Heady, chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Pharmaceutical Solutions, the Half Tablet Program offers a potential savings of up to 1 to 2 percent of total drug spend, and members can save up to $300 annually.
The top five categories in total drug spend, which include antihyperlipidemics; gastrointestinals; antidepressants; antihypertensives and anti-rheumatics, contributed nearly 45% of the growth in drug spend.
In addition, the report notes that: - Seven major therapeutic areas of medications account for nearly 75 percent of total drug spend and drug trend, led by cardiovascular, psychiatric/neurological and anti-infective medications.
In addition, the report notes that: -- Seven major therapeutic areas of medications account for nearly 75 percent of total drug spend and drug trend, led by cardiovascular, psychiatric/neurological and anti-infective medications.