Prescription Drugs: Price Trends for Frequently Used Brand and Generic Drugs from 2000 Through 2004

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DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 24 pages
Prescription drug (PD) spending has been the fastest growing segment of nat. health expenditures. As the fed. gov┐t. assumes greater financial responsibility for PD expenditures with the intro. of Medicare Part D, fed. policymakers are increasingly concerned about PD prices. This report examines the change in retail prices and other pricing benchmarks for drugs frequently used by Medicare beneficiaries and other individuals with health insur. from 2000-2004. To examine the change in retail prices from 2000-2004, this report obtained usual and customary prices from two state pharmacy assistance programs for PD frequently used by Medicare beneficiaries and non-Medicare enrollees in the 2003 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Fed. Employee Program. Illus.

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