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HCV medications account for large portion of pharmacy spending among exchange plans

July 7, 2015

In the Express Scripts Exchange Pulse Report, analyses showed medications for hepatitis C virus infection are the third most expensive specialty medications among exchange plans over a 15-month period, according to a press release.

The report compares prescription medication use among exchange plan enrollees to those who are enrolled in a traditional health plan, according to the release. The analysis examined medication trends from January 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, and also compared trends in quarter 1 of 2015 to those in quarter 1 of 2014. “The analysis is based on more than 100 million de-identified pharmacy claims administered by Express Scripts during these periods,” according to the release.

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