The CVS Caremark Drug Trend Report (Insights) Is Out

The new CVS Caremark Insights 2011 report (Drug Trend Report) is out.  I haven’t read it yet, but here’s the summary from the press release:

  • 2.4% overall trend
  • 13.7% specialty trend
  • GDR of 71.5%

“The continuing increase in the use of expensive specialty drugs, as well as the growing prevalence of chronic disease, calls for innovative health care solutions such as an integrated pharmacy home to help patients deal with complex therapy regimens and stay adherent,” says Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark. “Developing a pharmacy home was one of the recommendations raised by our recent research conducted with Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. That work and this report make it clear we must devise better ways to serve the chronically ill. This trend report shows we are making headway in that fight.”

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