Part D seniors fill 11% more Rxs

February 27, 2006

Seniors enrolled in the Medicare drug benefit filled 11% more scripts in January than seniors without Part D coverage, according to Verispan, a healthcare informatics firm based in Yardley, Pa. The average Part D beneficiary aged 65 and older filled 3.38 scripts, compared with 3.05 scripts for nonbeneficiaries of the same age cohort.

Part D seniors fill 11% more Rxs

Seniors enrolled in the Medicare drug benefit filled 11% more scripts in January than seniors without Part D coverage, according to Verispan, a healthcare informatics firm based in Yardley, Pa. The average Part D beneficiary aged 65 and older filled 3.38 scripts, compared with 3.05 scripts for nonbeneficiaries of the same age cohort. An additional 4% of seniors have coverage compared with January 2005. Expanded coverage and more scripts equated to about $177 million more retail dollars spent by seniors.

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