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Medicare Part D Covers Many Drugs but Few Brand Names

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points

o Explain to interested patients that drug coverage offered by Medicare Part D varies widely, but in general formularies are move likely to cover generic drugs.

o Explain to interested patients that detailed lists of drugs covered by specific Part D plans are available on Web sites.

HONOLULU, June 19 -- Medicare Part D formularies cover nearly all drug classes for treatment of hypertension, hyperlidemia, and depression, with generics accounting for most of the agents.

More than half of the commonly prescribed drugs were covered by at least 90% of reviewed formularies, found Chien-Wen Tseng, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Hawaii, and colleagues, in a review of 73 California and 43 Hawaii Part D formularies.

Seven of the eight drug classes reviewed had at least one drug that was widely covered, the investigators reported in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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