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Invited Commentary
February 3, 2020

Decreasing Medicare Spending on Prescription Drugs

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  • 1Editor at Large, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):601. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7064

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Feldman and colleagues1 report that Medicare spending on insulin for patients with diabetes was an estimated $7.8 billion, which is $4.4 billion more than the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services might have spent by using the prices negotiated by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and their formulary restrictions. Even if the $4.4 billion figure overestimates the potential savings, the potential for lower prices would substantially increase many patients’ access to life-saving insulin products.

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