Chronic disease cited as reason for increase in drug expenditures

Retail prescription drug sales, in terms of dollars, rose 17.3 percent in 2001, though increases varied widely from state to state. An audit by Verispan Scott-Levin shows that increases in drug expenditures ranged from 12 percent in Maine to 25 percent in Alaska. Verispan Scott-Levin collects information from over 140 million prescription claims monthly, covering 71 percent of retail dispensing activity nationwide. Verispan is a new joint venture of Quintiles Transnational Corp. (which included Scott-Levin) and McKesson Corp.

Increase in expenditures, by state


Career Opportunities

HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

Apply via email to or online at

Subscribe to Our Newsletters

Monthly table of contents

Be notified as each issue of Managed Care is available online.

Biweekly newsletter

Recent topics have included:

PTCommunity news

New drug approvals, clinical trials, drug management. Three times per week.


Managed Care
By Peter Wehrwein
Managed Care
By Howard Wolinsky