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Big Stakes for Big Pharma in the Push Towards Full Enrollment in Part D

This article was originally published in RPM Report

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There are 4 million Medicare beneficiaries who have not yet joined the new drug benefit. The more who sign up in 2007, the better for Big Pharma.

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