2023 Drug Trends Included GLP-1s, Humira Biosimilars, $0 Cost Share

  • May 23, 2024

    Notable pharmacy benefit trends in 2023 claims data included increased use of GLP-1s for weight loss, shifting market dynamics amid high demand for AbbVie Inc.'s Humira (adalimumab) and its biosimilar competitors and increasing approval of expensive gene therapies. All this took place amid “persistent price inflation” across most drug categories, according to a new report by PBM analytics firm Xevant.

    According to Xevant’s 2023 Drug Trend Report, which analyzed pharmacy claims data from its commercial plan clients, 2023 plan-paid amounts across all brand and generic non-specialty and specialty drugs went up an average of 20% from 2022. In addition, the number of specialty prescriptions processed by plans increased by 11% in 2023. GLP-1 utilization increased by 400%, while claims for Humira and its biosimilars increased by 25%.

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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