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Determinants of drug prices and expenditures

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  • William S. Comanor

    (Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health and Professor of Economics)

  • Stuart O. Schweitzer

    (Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health)

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The process by which pharmaceuticals are bought and sold is exceedingly complex. The major reason is that most consumers do not pay directly for the drugs they consume. Intermediaries are generally present who purchase pharmaceuticals from their manufacturers and have them provided to their subscribers or affiliates. The products themselves, however, are generally supplied by the same pharmacies used by cash purchasers. The purpose of this paper is to describe and examine these markets. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • William S. Comanor & Stuart O. Schweitzer, 2007. "Determinants of drug prices and expenditures," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(4-5), pages 357-370.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:28:y:2007:i:4-5:p:357-370
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1346
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    1. Fossett, Sarah J. & Wunnava, Phanindra V., 2017. "Active Ingredients: Exploring the Key Factors Affecting the Rising Cost of Developing New Drugs," IZA Discussion Papers 10817, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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