Despite saber-rattling, Congressional hearings, public shaming, rules regarding pricing transparency and more, the cost of spending on prescription drugs in the United States has actually increased and will likely do so for the next several years.

U.S. health spending is expected to grow at an average rate of 5.5 percent yearly from 2018 over the next decade and will reach nearly $6 trillion by 2027 as more people become eligible for Medicare.

More than half of the world’s population will live in countries where medicine use will exceed one dose per person per day by 2020, up from 31 percent in 2005, as the “medicine use gap” between developed and pharmerging markets narrows, according to research by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

Global spending on medicines will reach $1.4 trillion in 2020, driven by increased healthcare access in emerging markets and high-priced new drugs for cancer and other diseases, according to a forecast by IMS Health released on Wednesday. That is up from about $1.07 trillion this year, representing a compound annual growth rate of 4 to […]