Seniors Face Medicare Cost Barrier For Cancer Meds

Researchers say seniors with Medicare prescription drug coverage are facing steep co pays for the newest kind of cancer drugs.

Unlike older drugs, the medications come as pills and do not have to be administered at a clinic.

But a recent study finds that about 1 in 6 people with Medicare aren't filling their prescriptions.

Forty-six percent of Medicare beneficiaries faced co-payments of more than $500.

Rita Moore of Corcoran, Calif. is one of those beneficiaries. She needed a drug called Sutent for kidney cancer, but the pharmacy was going to charge her $2,400 for a month's supply, more than her income.


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  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Our oil companies and banking sectors are making money hand over fist. Our pharmaceutical industry has the highest profit margin of any in the world. We spend a greater portion of our incomes per capita on health care than any other nation in the world. How on earth is America out of money?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jun 13, 2011 at 06:29 AM
    Got money, you live. Don't have money, you die. And the US has the best healthcare in world? It would make me sick if I could afford to be.
  • by Pharmacy Tech on Jun 13, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    I'm a Pharmacy technician with a large retail chain, and this article makes me sick. There is an opportunity for these cancer patients to have access to these new drugs, but get charged that HUGE co pay. HOWEVER, there are "needy" medicaid patients who I see who come to the drive thru driving their nice BMW, or Range Rover, but complain about having a $3 co pay. Our government needs a serious overhaul.
  • by WHAT on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    and yet all these other drugs are so easy to get...this is BS. I didnt vote for the ruh-tard that is making this happen. Sure hope his family doesnt get cancer, bet he would change his mind then.
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Jun 13, 2011 at 04:49 AM
    So we bigin to slowly start the genecide of one of our greatest generations. The depression and suicides from stories like this ought to about kill off many "middle aged".. This is "health care reform?"
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