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GAO Report on Prescription Drugs: Medicare Spending on Drugs with Direct-To-Consumer Advertising
U.S. Government Accountability Office [GAO]Link to more items from this source
June 22, 2021

"Drug manufacturers spent $17.8 billion on direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) for 553 drugs from 2016 through 2018, and spending was relatively stable at about $6 billion each year.... Medicare Parts B and D and beneficiaries spent $560 billion on drugs from 2016 through 2018, $324 billion of which was spent on advertised drugs.... [GAO] found that drug manufacturers changed their DTCA spending during key events, such as increasing spending when a drug was approved to treat additional conditions or decreasing spending following the approval of generic versions. GAO also found that DTCA may have contributed to increases in Medicare beneficiary use and spending among four selected drugs from 2010 through 2018." [GAO-21-380, published May 18, 2021, released Jun. 17, 2021]

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