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Medicare, out-of-pocket payments for topical steroids sharply increase

May 4, 2017

There was a sharp increase in Medicare and out-of-pocket costs of prescribed topical steroids between 2011 and 2015, likely due to the rising costs of generic drugs, according to study results recently published in JAMA Dermatology.

Researchers conducted a retrospective cost analysis on patients who filled prescriptions for topical steroids. They used population-based claims data from the Medicare Part D Prescriber Public Use File, which provides prescription costs for approximately 70% of Medicare Part D participants.

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