Author Interviews, Cost of Health Care, University of Pittsburgh / 08.01.2019 Interview with: Inmaculada Hernandez, PharmD, PhD Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Therapeutics University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? Response: The objective of our study was to answer a research question of high policy relevance: to what extent are rising drug costs due to inflation in the prices of existing products versus the market entry of new, more expensive drugs. We found that rising prices of brand-name drugs are largely driven by manufacturers increasing prices of medications that are already in the market rather than to the entry of new products. In contrast, increases in costs of specialty and generic drugs were driven by the entry of new drugs. (more…)