Generic medicines will play a key role in the government's efforts to hold down Medicare prescription drug benefit costs, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Mark McClellan, MD, PhD.
Dr. McClellan released new CMS data to Congress suggesting that the cost of Medicare Part D is already significantly lower than originally projected. According to those figures, the net cost to the government for drug coverage in 2006 is expected to be $30.5 billion, down from previous estimates of $38.1 billion. Additionally, premiums for the average individual will be about a third less than previously estimated, at $25 per month. Over 10 years, the program is now expected to weigh in at $70 billion less than originally projected.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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