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Lower-cost drug substitutions could mean big savings for Medicare patients, government
Date:8/24/2013

ar, and the health plan would save $276 per year.

The researchers noted that not every substitution is appropriate for every patient, and they acknowledged that in some clinical scenarios, potential substitutions have already been tried unsuccessfully or may not be appropriate at all. For these reasons, they listed cost-savings as a per-substitution figure rather than estimating potential savings across the entire system. (The latter number would depend on exactly how many people switched to potential substitutes.)

Also, the researchers said, these numbers are from a single health plan at one point in time and cannot be generalized to other health plans.

But, Duru noted, "The purpose of this research was to provide a general estimate of possible potential savings."


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Contact: Enrique Rivero
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310-794-2273
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
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