SPEC Database

The SPEC database is a new data resource developed with the goal of providing an empirical basis for understanding commercial payer specialty coverage. 

What is SPEC?

The Tufts Medical Center Specialty Drug Evidence and Coverage (SPEC) Database is a database of US commercial health plans’ coverage policies for specialty drugs.

What is the goal of this database?

Researchers at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health developed SPEC with the goal of quantifying commercial health plan behavior. Researchers can use SPEC to rapidly answer questions that might normally require a dedicated, stand-alone research study to address.

What is included in SPEC?

The SPEC Database features data on:

  • 17 of the largest US commercial health plans
  • 8,800 decisions
  • 240 specialty drugs
  • 200+ diseases, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and rare diseases

How do I gain access to SPEC?

For questions about access to the data, please contact Julie Lannon or James Chambers