Many New Oncology Drugs In 2012, With Prices That Test The Limits
Ten thousand dollars per month for new oncology drugs has become just about standard, and the trend is not likely to go away soon. Drug makers in 2012 found pricing in oncology to be inelastic and continue to test the boundaries within which payors – and society – will play.
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