Thursday, December 18, 2008

Brand-Name Drugs are Favored by Medicare Beneficiaries

According to this article in EmaxHealth, brand-name medications account for almost two-thirds of all prescriptions filled by Medicare beneficiaries. Patients are asking for brand-name drugs when the program provides coverage and are asking pharmacists for generic drugs when they have to pay out of pocket.

When patients switch from brand-name to generic drugs, more than likely they’ve reached the coverage gap in which they must cover the full cost of the prescriptions. Woody Eisenberg, Medco Chief Medical Officer mentions that when Medicare beneficiaries become aware of the coverage gap they "become acutely aware of the cost difference between brand-name and generic drugs and most make the switch."

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