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What's the Difference? Sepracor's Xopenex Hit Hard by Coverage Cut

This article was originally published in RPM Report

Executive Summary

Xopenex reimbursement is being slashed by Medicare. The message: CMS wants proof of differentiation before it will pay more for line extensions and new formulations. That means trouble ahead for a lot of other products.

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