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Pharmacy Coalition Proposes Rebate-Funded Medicare Rx Plan

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A prescription drug would be covered by Medicare only if the manufacturer has agreed to provide rebate payments negotiated by HHS under a proposed "Medicare Pharmacy Benefit Act" being circulated on Capitol Hill by a coalition of pharmacy associations.

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