Prescription Drugs: Expanding Access to Federal Prices Could Cause Other Price Changes

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DIANE Publishing, 2008 - 20 pages
In 2000, as the Congress considered adding a prescription drug (PD) benefit to Medicare, there was increased interest in understanding the ways that gov┐t. purchasers have controlled their costs for PD and whether these methods can be used to reduce PD costs for Medicare beneficiaries. One proposal would allow Medicare beneficiaries to purchase PD from pharmacies at the same prices that are available to fed. purchasers or state Medicaid programs. This report provides information on: the fed. drug price discounts available to fed. and non-fed. purchasers and the size of those discounts; and the potential effects that extending such discounts to non-fed. purchasers may have on outpatient drug prices paid by fed. and non-fed. purchasers. Illus.

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