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Health Serv Res. 2008 Oct;43(5 Pt 1):1557-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2008.00858.x. Epub 2008 May 13.

Potential savings from an evidence-based consumer-oriented public education campaign on prescription drugs.

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  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 130 DeSoto Street, Crabtree Hall A613, Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To estimate potential savings associated with the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs program, a national educational program that provides consumers with price and effectiveness information on prescription drugs.

DATA SOURCES:

National data on 2006 prescription sales and retail prices paid for angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs), β-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-coA) reductase inhibitors (statins).

STUDY DESIGN:

We converted national data on aggregate unit sales of drugs in the four classes to defined daily doses (DDD) and estimated a range of potential savings from generic and therapeutic substitution.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

We estimated that $2.76 billion, or 7.83 percent of sales, could be saved if use of the drugs recommended by the educational program was increased. The recommended drugs' prices were 15-65 percent lower per DDD than their therapeutic alternatives. The majority (57.4 percent) of potential savings would be achieved through therapeutic substitution.

CONCLUSIONS:

Substantial savings can be achieved through greater use of comparatively effective and lower cost drugs recommended by a national consumer education program. However, barriers to dissemination of consumer-oriented drug information must be addressed before savings can be realized.

PMID:
18479406
PMCID:
PMC2653882
DOI:
10.1111/j.1475-6773.2008.00858.x
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