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Figure 1. Drug Nonadherence in 2003 among Medicare Beneficiaries Receiving Drugs of the Same Class in 2002

Bar chart shows percentage of Medicare beneficiaries receiving certain types of drugs and compares those whose benefits were capped versus those whose benefits were not capped.  Antihypertensive: Benefits capped, 18.1%; Benefits not capped, 14.6%. Lipid-lowering Drugs: Benefits capped, 31.4%; Benefits not capped, 26.5%.  Antidiabetic: Benefits capped, 26.2%; Benefits not capped, 21.2%.

Source: Unintended consequences of caps on Medicare drug benefits, by John Hsu, M.D., M.B.A., M.S.C.E., Mary Price, M.A., Jie Huang, Ph.D., and others, in the June 1, 2006, New England Journal of Medicine 354:2349-59.

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