1. Pharmaceutical sales maintain historical high

The numbers are out, and pharmaceutical sales are way up. A wholesale spending increase of 12.2% on prescription drugs between 2014 and 2015 continues the trend of historically high drug sales over recent years. The $425 billion dollar price tag on total drug spending last year is mostly thanks to specialty drugs and newly approved therapies on the market. In the end however, net spending increase hovers around a moderated 8.5%, due to rebates and price concessions offered by many pharma companies. Access to care has become an important consideration for pharmaceutical companies, especially in light of the increasing cost of innovative medicines.

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