Two studies examined spending on oral anticancer drugs as well as the 340B program, a federal program designed to help the poor. The researchers say 340B designation helps hospitals boost profits.
The first study, led by Rena M. Conti, PhD, of the University of Chicago in Illinois, examines recent trends in spending and use of oral cancer drugs. It found that average spending on the 47 available oral oncolytics, which are those cancer medications taken specifically by mouth, increased from $940 million in the first quarter of 2006 to $1.4 billion in the third quarter of 2011. The study was published in Health Affairs (2014; doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0001). (more…)