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Medicare Dashboards

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Jun• 24•11

For which drugs does Medicare spend the most money?  For which inpatient hospital treatments does Medicare have the highest expenses.  CMS’s new Dashboards provide an easy to use source to access these high level summary statistics.  You can find this information here:

For instance, some results from the Prescription Drug Benefit Dashboard include:

Drug Class 2008 Drug Cost ($)
ANTIHYPERLIPIDEMICS $6,165,831,884
ANTIPSYCHOTICS/ANTIMANIC AGENTS $5,698,011,103
ANTIDIABETICS $4,688,777,238
ULCER DRUGS $4,411,792,980
ANTIHYPERTENSIVES $4,177,531,157
ANTIASTHMATIC AND BRONCHODILATOR AGENTS $3,598,966,726
ANTICONVULSANTS $3,288,116,849
PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC AND NEUROLOGICAL AGENTS – MISC. $3,112,790,209
ANTIDEPRESSANTS $2,835,474,451
ANALGESICS – OPIOID $2,578,161,329

 

Drug Class 2008 Drug Cost ($)
LIPITOR $2,397,843,000
PLAVIX $2,305,145,585
NEXIUM $1,487,052,730
SEROQUEL $1,462,338,499
ARICEPT $1,326,144,339
ZYPREXA $1,229,061,198
ADVAIR DISKUS $1,213,298,009
ACTOS $1,062,975,107
PREVACID $848,394,558
ABILIFY $837,090,968

More publicly available government statistics can also be found at Data.gov.

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2 Comments

  1. Emma says:

    Does anyone know what is happening to Septicemia? Is it incidence, unit costs, both? The costs have been going up a lot–any insight would be appreciated!

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