Humira Pen (adalimumab) was the most expensive drug in 2016 when ranked by spending per person, according to pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts.
Total spending per person with employer-sponsored insurance was $45.11 last year for Humira Pen, which is indicated for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and plaque psoriasis. Next in spending per person was Enbrel (etanercept) – another drug for arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriasis – at $26.82, followed by the diabetes drug Lantus (insulin glargine) and two multiple sclerosis drugs: Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate) and Copaxone (glatiramer), Express Scripts said in its “2016 Drug Trend Report.”
Humira Pen had the next-largest increase from 2015 – a mere 28% – while the hepatitis C drug Harvoni (ledipasvir/sofisbuvir) had the largest decrease in per-person spending among the top 10, dropping 54%, the report noted.
Express Scripts processes approximately 1.4 billion prescriptions annually for 85 million insured members from 3,000 client companies.