Skin Prescription Costs Rise Drastically

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Costs for prescription skin care treatments have skyrocketed since 2009, according to research published in JAMA Dermatology. After conducting a study, Miranda B. Rosenberg and Steven Rosenberg, M.D., reported that drugs studied increased by a mean of 400% from 2009 to 2015. Study Parameters The goal of the researchers was to determine the changes in the prices of commonly prescribed dermatologic medications since 2009 and to identify trends in price increases for different classes of drugs. They sent surveys to four national chain pharmacies requesting price data on commonly prescribed dermatologic drugs in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2015. The initial survey requested information on 72 brand-name drugs. Subsequent surveys increased to eventually include 120 additional brand-name drugs and their generic alternatives when available. Taking into account frequency of prescription, diseases treated, or unusual price increases, 19 brand-name drugs surveyed in all 4 years were selected for final price trend analysis, which was conducted from August 1-15, 2015. Read more at Skin Inc.