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Big Pharma and the Medicare Drug Benefit: Faustian Bargain?

In retrospect, will the pharmaceutical industry's support of the Medicare drug benefit be revealed as a modern-day Faustian bargain? Conventional wisdom, particularly inside the Beltway, says that the Bush Administration is in the pocket of pharmaceutical manufacturers. Indeed, this knee-jerk assumption is a virtual article of faith among health policy wonks, the media, and others on the Left. They immediately...

Data Sharing Between Medicare Drug Plans and State Medicaid Programs

Sophisticated health care purchasers and health plans know the value of prescription drug data. When analyzed with paid claims data from physicians and hospitals, data from pharmacy claims can be used to identify, understand, and track a wide range of issues. Starting January 2006, when the 6.5 million dual eligibles move from Medicaid to Medicare for their prescription drug benefits,...

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