Drug price information: What did Medicare pay?

Filed Under: Costs, Providers, Regulators

We get excited about price information over here at Clearhealthcosts.com, and we like to share our wonky excitement with you.

Here’s a site where Medicare’s prices for drugs covered under Part B of Medicare are collected. The current data set is from April 2013. Chemotherapy drugs, vaccines, steroids, antibiotics, vitamins, painkillers and the like. These are drugs given in a hospital or clinic, often by injection; common prescriptions are not here.

We generally regard Medicare pricing as something of a fixed or benchmark price in this marketplace, and since medication prices are so hard to find  we are pointing this out as a resource.

If you are searching in Excel, you may have to fiddle a while to get it to search properly. I got it to work by searching under “Workbook,” but its functions seemed inconsistent.