Drug Pricing Tutorials
In the U.S., there are two purchasing/reimbursement systems for pharmaceutical drugs: one for drugs administered in a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic and one for drugs dispensed at the pharmacy. In this section, we provide an overview of how we purchase and reimburse for both outpatient drugs and pharmacy-dispensed prescription drugs in the United States. Although these two systems differ significantly from one another, both can be confusing to navigate, and both create incentives that may distort the prices of drugs in ways that do not align with their value.
Select one of the two options below to explore key concepts and issues specific to each of these drug types.