High cost of new cancer drugs may lead to lower medical adherence

05/23/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Spending to treat cancer is likely to rise 15% annually through 2013, according to Medco's Drug Trend Report, primarily due to more expensive drugs. Some 10% of patients already fail to fill new prescriptions for oral cancer treatments, according to a study by Avalere Health and The West Clinic, and higher drug costs could lead to higher prescription abandonment rates. The study authors suggest that policymakers find ways to minimize out-of-pocket costs for low-income patients.

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