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Medicare Reimbursement Changes May Lead to More Antibiotic Use
Health Leaders Media

With improved drug coverage under Medicare Part D, the use of antibiotics by beneficiaries—particularly brand name, new, and more expensive drugs—is on the upswing, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Medicine.

In particular, the study, which appears in the Aug. 9/23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests recent Medicare reimbursement changes in drug coverage improved, for instance, the use of antibiotics for pneumonia.