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EPO Medicare rates

Executive Summary

Measure requiring HHS to report to Congress on the "methodology and rationale" used to establish Medicare rates for erythropoietin is included in budget reconciliation legislation passed by Congress on Nov. 22. The study earlier was proposed by House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Stark (D-Calif.) ("The Pink Sheet" June 19, T&G-1). As many as 25,000 medicare kidney dialysis patients may use the anti-anemia drug in the first year of coverage, at a cost of $ 5,600 annually per patient. Amgen's Epogen is currently the only approved EPO product.

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