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Japan’s Prescription Dispensing Costs Increase Six Percent

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japan's Central Social Insurance Council summarized July 16 electronic receipts of dispensing medical fees for fiscal year 2007.The average medical cost per prescription is ¥7,322, an increase of 5.8 percent compared to previous year. Among the two sections, cost of drugs increased by 7.5 percent to ¥5,387, compared to 1.2 percent increase in technical fees. The cost of drugs directly contributed to the medical cost increases, especially for cardiovascular treatments, which cost ¥1,360 per prescription, a 7.9 percent increase. Hypertension drugs increased 10.9 percent and followed by hyperlipidemia drugs, which increased 8.9 percent. (Click here for more - Japanese language) "Prescription Dispensing Cost Increase Nearly 6 Percent, Reported By Electronic Receipts" - Yakuji News (7/17/08)
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