Will the prescription drug ‘doughnut hole’ close fast enough for Medicare beneficiaries?

In 2011, many Medicare recipients could hit the Medicare prescription drug doughnut hole faster, and pay more outof pocket on their way to the doughnut hole, if they don’t have the right Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Why? The average cost of brand-name prescription drugs increased by the highest percent in 11 years, according to an analysis by Barclays Capital. Prices for some drugs increased by more than 10 percent. Popular drugs like blood-pressure pill Benicar (up 29.3 percent), ...

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