Spending for inflammatory drugs like AbbVie's Humira and Amgen's Enbrel rose, while hepatitis C drugs showed decline.
However, the rate of drug spending slowed compared to last year, according to an analysis by the CMS.
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The FDA expands use for Pfizer's Prevnar 13 vaccine; an FDA panel votes in support of Novartis biosimilar; U.S. healthcare spending rises 5.5% in 2015
Rising healthcare costs, coupled with high-profile stories of price gouging at some small pharmaceutical companies, have left consumers feeling ripped off
Total medicine spending surged to $424.8 billion in 2015, representing an increase of 12.2%. Here's why that growth figure is closer to 2.9%.
Drugmakers spent 20% more on DTC ads in 2015 than in 2014. Eli Lilly was the top spender, shelling out $220.4 million to promote Cialis, its erectile dysfunction drug.
Healthcare spending rose in 2014; Publicis reorganizes its agency network; proposed New Jersey bill would punish drugmakers that move abroad
Specialty medicines will keep drug spend trending upward through the next five years.
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Americans spent 13.1% more on prescription medications in 2014 than they did in 2013, but recent launches indicate competition in the specialty drug space is going to heat up.