Trends In Orphan Drug Spending And Out-Of-Pocket Spending Among US Children, 2013-18

Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 Oct;39(10):1806-1811. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00595.


Among privately insured children, the proportion of inflation-adjusted total health care spending accounted for by orphan drugs increased from 4.0 percent to 6.6 percent between 2013 and 2018. This increase was largely driven by price growth. Mean annual out-of-pocket spending for orphan drugs rose from $486 to $866 and was higher for children than adults.