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Medicare beneficiaries substantially more likely to use brand-name drugs than VA patients
Date:6/11/2013

PITTSBURGH, June 10, 2013 Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes are two to three times more likely to use expensive brand-name drugs than a comparable group of patients treated within the VA Healthcare System, according to a nationwide study by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Dartmouth College.

Spending in Medicare Part D would have been an estimated $1.4 billion less in 2008 if brand-name and generic drug use matched that of the VA for the medications studied. The report, the first large-scale comparison of prescription drug use between Medicare Part D and the VA, is online and will be published in the print edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine on July 16.

"Our study shows that we can make a big dent in Medicare spending simply by changing the kinds of medications people are using and physicians are prescribing without worrying about whether the government should or should not negotiate drug prices," said lead author Walid Gellad, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor in the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management and Pitt's School of Medicine. "The levels of generic use found in the VA are attainable, and they are compatible with high quality care."

The study was jointly funded by the VA, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Gellad and his colleagues analyzed 2008 data for over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries and 500,000 veterans to compare prescription use between Medicare and the VA, focusing on diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure medications.

Medicare and the VA have a significantly different approach to drug prescribing. Medicare contracts with more than 1,000 private insurance companies, each using a distinct formulary and cost-sharing arrangement for prescribing drugs. The VA uses a single formulary and all veterans have the same cost-sharing arrangement.

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Contact: Cyndy McGrath
mcgrathc3@upmc.edu
412-647-9975
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
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