Brand-Name Prescription Drug Use Among Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D Patients with Diabetes

A patient holds a variety of medicine bottles

"Medicare Part D and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use different approaches to manage prescription drug benefits, with implications for spending. Medicare relies on private plans with distinct formularies, whereas the VA administers its own benefit using a national formulary."

This study compares overall and regional rates of brand-name drug use among older adults with diabetes in Medicare and the VA.

-Excerpt from Annals of Internal Medicine