DANBURY, Conn. & RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The IQVIA™ Institute for Human Data Science found in its latest report, Global Oncology Trends 2018: Innovation, Expansion and Disruption, that spending on cancer drugs in the U.S. has doubled since 2012, reaching almost $50 billion in 2017, with two-thirds of the growth tied to drugs launched within the past five years. Those drug costs are expected to double again by 2022. Outside the U.S., oncology drug costs exceeded $60 billion in 2017, driven by new product launches and increased use of existing brands.
The study also showed wide differences in final out-of-pocket costs for U.S. patients paying for cancer medicines based on drug choice, manufacturer prices and insurance plans. While outpatient drugs often result in high costs for payers, the patient responsibility averages less than $500 per year for commercial plans and patient costs for retail drugs are often reduced by extensive use of coupons, which offsets high-cost exposure.
“Payers continue to be challenged as they seek value and fund access to the latest oncologic treatment options,” said Murray Aitken, IQVIA senior vice president and executive director of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science.
“The surge in innovation brings new dimensions of complexity, even as the availability of predictive biomarkers and diagnostic tests can help bring a more precise course of treatment to an individual patient,” Aitken said. “There are also a number of disruptive technologies that will reshape healthcare and cancer specifically, including data science that incorporates artificial intelligence and real-world data, as well as advances in patient engagement through mobile apps.”
Additional highlights of the Global Oncology Trends 2018 report include:
The full version of the report, including a detailed description of the study methodology, is available at www.IQVIAInstitute.org.The study was produced independently as a public service, without industry or government funding.
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