the price of medicines has …

the price of medicines has …
the price of medicines has …

The cost of drugs in 2019 amounted to 7.6 billion francs, stabilizing compared to 2018, says insurer Heslana in its report on drugs. The use of biosimilars remains underexploited despite the significant savings potential that these drugs present.

After several years of continuous increases, the cost of drugs stabilized to reach 7.6 billion francs last year. This phenomenon is explained by price controls by the Federal Office of Public Health and the expiration of patents for certain expensive drugs.

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This price stability does not mean a trend reversal, qualifies a press release Wednesday from Helsana. New, expensive drugs are rapidly driving up costs.

The cancer / immunological drug groups are the most expensive: per head, their costs exceeded 9,000 francs per person. Next come those for the nervous system and metabolic preparations.

Underutilized biosimilars

The use of biosimilar drugs would save money. In 2019, if the latter had completely replaced their biological counterparts, the savings potential would have amounted to 60 million francs, estimates the Helsana report, which regrets that the market in Switzerland in this area is still not very dynamic.

Helsana also analyzed the medication of vulnerable patients receiving home help and care. Since 2013, medication use has increased by more than 47%. On average, they take sixteen drugs in parallel, compared to nine for residents of nursing homes.

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