The drugs with the biggest price hikes don’t treat depression or diabetes — they’re for erectile dysfunction - (CNBC via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Study data published in JAMA reveal that the largest price hikes were instituted for erectile dysfunction drugs, CNBC reported Friday.

  • In the study, the investigators examined six years of pharmacy claims data from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Axis, observing a "near universal" increase on net prices for 49 branded drugs, including price hikes of at least 100 percent for 17 treatments.

  • The research team found that the price of Pfizer's Viagra was increased by 190 percent over the six-year period, followed by 187 percent for Eli Lilly's Cialis and 177 percent for Eli Lilly's Forteo.

  • Study author Nathan Wineinger said it was "disheartening" that no differences in price hikes were noted according to the length of time drugs had been on the market or the availability of generic competitors.

  • The news comes after the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued guidelines that would require companies to disclose the list prices of certain drugs in television advertisements.

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