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ProPublica: Medicare Could Save Billions With Generic Drugs

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November 19, 2013 AT 9:54 AM
The nonprofit news service ProPublica analyzed millions of prescriptions and found Medicare is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to rein in doctors who routinely give patients pricey name-brand drugs when cheaper generic alternatives are available. In studying the prescribing habits of 1.6 million practitioners nationwide, the nonprofit news organization found that a tiny fraction of them are having an outsized impact on spending in Medicare’s massive drug program.