State Medicaid programs take control of rising pharmacy costs

November 2009
State Health Watch;Nov2009, Vol. 16 Issue 11, p7
The article explores how Medicaid programs are being used to control the increasing pharmacy costs across the U.S. In Minnesota, various actions were launched into address increasing pharmacy costs, including mandatory generic substitution for brand-name drugs and the implementation of preferred drug lists (PDL). The implementation of PDL in Maryland also reduce the state's pharmacy costs. In addition, Idaho also implemented an Optimal PDL Solution in order to lower drug costs.


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