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Capitol Health Call
February 10, 2015

Senate Committee on Aging Proposes Ways to Expand Generics Use

JAMA. 2015;313(6):558. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.179

A bipartisan report issued December 15 by the US Senate Special Committee on Aging outlined a series of policy recommendations aimed at increasing the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program.

Nearly 41 million beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Part D for the 2014 plan year, according to the report (http://1.usa.gov/1AXhxMb). Under the program, which accounts for more than 10% of total Medicare costs, private health insurers vie for Medicare beneficiaries by offering competitively priced drug coverage programs.

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