New Report Goes Beyond Medicare Cards to Analyze Drug Information Across Several Sources; Nonprofit Calls on Medicare to Delay Start of Drug-Discount Cards Until More Stable and

May 2004
Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;5/21/2004, p77
A California nonprofit will release a report on Friday comparing price information for 20 drugs commonly prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries, revealing that consumers who are not eligible for a $600 credit may be better off using existing sources instead of a new Medicare drug-discount card. Medicine for People in Need (Medpin), a program of the nonprofit Public Health Institute, Oakland, compared pricing information for 20 top brand-name and generic drugs using these sources. "We were disappointed to discover how difficult it is now for a California Medicare patient to make an informed decision about purchasing," says Kathryn Duke, program director for Medpin.


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