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Brooks School Seminar Series: Leemore Dafny

Monday, March 13, 2023 at 1:15pm to 2:30pm

MVR 2250

How Do Copayment Coupons Affect Branded Drug Price and Quantities Purchased?

We estimate the causal effects of drug copayment coupons, which reduce consumer cost-sharing for branded prescription drugs, on net-of-rebate price and quantities sold. Focusing on drugs without generic substitutes, we show that coupon introductions increase quantity sold by 23-25% for the commercial segment relative to Medicare Advantage, where coupons are banned. To quantify the resulting equilibrium price effects, we estimate a discrete choice model of demand for multiple sclerosis drugs and simulate a model of drug price negotiations. We estimate that net-of-rebate prices are 8% higher due to the availability of coupons for most of these drugs.

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Cornell Brooks School of Public Policy

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Zach Milicic

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Leemore Dafny

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Harvard Business School

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Brooks Faculty and PhD Students

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