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Applications Lag for Medicare Drug Coverage

Few patients with cancer and other serious illnesses have applied for early Medicare prescription drug coverage, according to the Associated Press.

The Bush administration had planned on a lottery to see who would get the 50,000 slots that were created as part of last year's Medicare prescription drug law. But, just 6,364 people have submitted early applications for insurance for expensive medications such as oral cancer drugs and self-injectable drugs for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious diseases, the AP said.

Article from: Dr. Koop