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Capitol Health Call
June 9, 2004

No-Discount Cards?

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2691. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2691-b

Medicare began offering drug discount cards for seniors in early May, but early reaction has been largely negative. Separate surveys from consumer advocacy group Families USA, the Associated Press, and Congressional Democrats show that the best prices available via the cards are often higher than those advertised by US-based online pharmacies. Drug prices negotiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the government of Canada are also lower than Medicare card prices, according to the surveys.

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