Generic cholesterol drugs save Medicare billions of dollars

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11:00 in Health & Medicine

The switch from brand name to generic cholesterol medications that occurred between 2014 and 2018 has saved Medicare billions of dollars, even as the number of people on cholesterol-lowering drugs has increased, scientists have calculated. Their data suggest that policymakers and clinicians could help cut Medicare costs even further by switching more patients to generic drugs.

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