Medicare drug benefit seen as mixed blessing

December 13, 2004

The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) that established the system's first outpatient drug benefit gives pharmacists more questions than answers. The reason is clear: politics. "The entire process is driven by politics," said Dan Mendelson, president of the Health Strategies Consultancy, a Washington, D.C., health policy firm. "Medicare is a political act, and the changes you will see to it will be politically driven."