Here’s a look at what The Incidental Economist is calling the “chart of the day”:

(Source: Express Scripts)

Since 2008, generic drug prices have fallen — by a whopping 60 percent. But brand name drugs? They’re way up — by 160 percent. Something to consider next time you fill a prescription. Check out the full report from Express Scripts for more detail or look at health policy.

Brand Name Drugs vs. Generic? One Going Up Faster Than Inflation 30 November,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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