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25 June 2001

Debunking Myths Around a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit

Helene Levens Lipton, PhD, professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy/Institute for Health Policy, will present a seminar, "Debunking the Myths Around a Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit," on Wednesday, June 27, noon to 1 p.m., in room N 225 of the School of Nursing Building.

The goal of the seminar is to arm the audience with information needed to understand -- or to challenge -- media accounts of the national debate over a Medicare drug benefit and the relationship of these accounts to the underlying issues of prescription drug pricing and insurance coverage.

Among the commonly held myths that Lipton will untangle include: Lowering the prices of drugs will solve the drug-cost crisis; private sector initiatives to run a Medicare prescription drug benefit are bound to be successful; we can fund a drug benefit for the elderly solely by drawing on the budget surplus.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Consumer Self Care, UCSF School of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the UCSF Center for Health and Community, Department of Medicine.






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