Analysis of Medicare drug plans reveals variance in value and in formularies' coverage

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A Kaiser Family Foundation study examined formularies, drug costs, and utilization management tools in drug plans offered by 14 national and near-national organizations, which encompass 35 unique prescription drug plans that account for 1,222 of the 1,429 packages available to Medicare beneficiaries.

A Kaiser Family Foundation study examined formularies, drug costs, and utilization management tools in drug plans offered by 14 national and near-national organizations, which encompass 35 unique prescription drug plans that account for 1,222 of the 1,429 packages available to Medicare beneficiaries. Researchers studied a sample of 152 generic and brand-name drugs, selected to include drugs commonly used by Medicare beneficiaries and some less-common, high-cost drugs.

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The full study by the Kaiser Family Foundation is available at: http:// http://www.kff.org/medicare/7489.cfm

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