Performance Improvement 2009. Do Prescription Drug Plans Make Generic Drugs Available to Medicare Beneficiaries?


This study determined the extent of generic drugs in the Medicare Part D program.

Reviewers found that Part D achieved a high level of generic drug use during the first two quarters of 2006. Under Part D, generic drugs were dispensed 88 percent of the time when generic substitutes were available. However, 37 percent of prescriptions were for drugs that had no generic substitutes, limiting opportunities to dispense generics. Fifty-six percent of all drugs dispensed were generic drugs.

Report Title: Generic Drug Utilization in the Medicare Part D Program
Agency Sponsor: OS-OIG, Office of Inspector General
Federal Contact: Erin Lemire, 202-205-9523
Performer: Staff; Office of Inspector General
PIC ID: 8995

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