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Yazdany J, Dudley RA, Chen R
Coverage for high-cost specialty drugs for rheumatoid arthritis in Medicare Part D.
The aim of this study was to conduct the first systematic, national investigation of how Part D plans cover biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and to determine patients’ financial burden under current cost-sharing structures. It found that all Medicare Part D drug plans cover at least 1 biologic DMARD, access is highly controlled through prior authorization requirements, and beneficiaries face significant cost sharing.
AHRQ-funded; HS017723; HS016772.
Citation: Yazdany J, Dudley RA, Chen R . Coverage for high-cost specialty drugs for rheumatoid arthritis in Medicare Part D. Arthritis Rheumatol 2015 Jun;67(6):1474-80. doi: 10.1002/art.39079..
Keywords: Medicare, Value, Medication, Healthcare Costs, Arthritis