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Universal American Announces New Medicare Part D Benefit Making LIPITOR® and CRESTOR® Available for Low or No Copay(1)
Date:10/28/2010

RYE BROOK, N.Y., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal American (NYSE: UAM), the nation's second largest Medicare Part D sponsor(3), has partnered with the makers of LIPITOR and CRESTOR to provide broad and affordable access to these cholesterol-lowering prescription drugs. Effective January 1, 2011, all members of Universal American's Medicare Part D Prescription drug plans, Community CCRx(SM) PDP, as well as all members of its Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) plans can purchase these popular drugs for low or no monthly copayments(4) through the company's nationwide network of 64,000 pharmacies, including independent pharmacies, regional chain stores, and major retail drug chains.

"Heart disease is a major health issue for older Americans," said John Wardle, President of Universal American's Medicare Prescription Drug Plan business. "While all Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans cover statins, most of these plans require substantial copays for the most popular brand-name statins. These drugs can be expensive, especially for older adults on a fixed income. By forming partnerships with Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the makers of LIPITOR and CRESTOR, Universal American members can save $230 to $300(5) on these cholesterol-lowering drugs in one year."

Why These Medications?Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for people over the age of 75,(6) and high cholesterol plays a major role in developing this disease.(7) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  about one in every six adults have high cholesterol(8). Over 33.5 million older Americans currently take a statin drug or should be taking one(9) making it the most prescribed drug class in the U.S.(10), with LIPITOR and CRESTOR being two of the most popular brands.(11)

"For two out of three people,(12) diet and exercise alone are not enough to lower cholesterol,
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