Prescription drugs are the single largest expense of a consumer’s healthcare care premium dollar, according to America’s Health Insurance Plans. At more than 22%, AHIP notes that they outpace the cost of physician, inpatient and outpatient hospital services and “would have been even higher if medications administered during inpatient hospital stays were included.”

AHIP’s research may be seen as the latest salvo in an ongoing finger-pointing campaign that pits health insurance carriers against big pharma, independent pharmacists and pharmacy benefit managers as all three anticipate the next steps in healthcare reform.

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