Lies My Godfather Told Me

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  • 01/10/2007
More lies from Families USA...what a surprise.

I could build a whole business around catching Ron Pollack and his family in their lies, distortions, contradictions, etc. Maybe one day members of the media will wise up and do some of their own fact checking...they are being scammed big time by one of the best public policy grifters in the game.

FYI. Families USA put out a report stating that the
20 most commonly used drugs by seniors are cheaper on
the FSS or VA price list than on medicare part D.

Nice try.

The fact is, while those drugs might be cheaper
because of price controls and restrictive formularies,
many of the drugs on the list are NOT available on the
VA formulary or have a step therapy requirement
meaning patients must fail first on a drug before they
get the drug on the VA formulary

Here is the list with the VA restrictions and
omissions. Nine of the 20 drugs on FUSA's list are not
on VA formulary or have restrictions placed on access but are available on Medicare Part D formularies. That's nearly 50 percent fewer drugs available
to seniors.
Drug VA Availabiliy
Actonel Available
Aricept Available
Celebrex fail first
Fosamax available
furosemide generic
Lipitor 10 mg NA
Lipitor 20 mg NA
metoprolol tartrate generic
Nexium NA
Norvasc 5 mg fail first
Norvasc 10 mg fail first
Plavix 75 mg available
Prevacid NA
Toprol XL restricted to certain patients
Xalatan NA
Zocor 20 mg Now generic
Zocor 40 mg Now generic
Zoloft 50 mg available

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