Rising Prescription Drug Costs: Reasons, Needs and Policy Responses

fis15_240x240The number one issue before state legislatures in 2001 will be access to prescription drug coverage, according to participants at a recent conference sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures. In the next 8 years, state and local taxes spent on prescription drugs outside Medicare or Medicaid will jump from $10 to $24 billion, according to the Health Care Financing Administration. To date, 22 states have already passed prescription drug legislation and the issue is on the agenda of many Wisconsin legislators.

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Presentations

Why Are Prescription Drug Costs Rising?

by David Mott
Associate Professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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How Should Policymakers Determine Eligibility for Prescription Drug Benefits?

by Bruce Stuart
Parke-Davis Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy & Aging, University of Maryland

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What Can Wisconsin Learn from Pennsylvania, the Nation’s Largest State Pharmacy Assistance Program for the Elderly?

by Tom Snedden
Director, Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE)

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