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U.S. Prescription Drug Web Site Coming



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WASHINGTON, Apr 12, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A U.S. government Web site will soon enable Medicare beneficiaries to find the prescription drugs they need for the lowest price.

The new site, Medicare.gov, will open some time this month and allow users to find the lowest cost prescription drugs in a zip code, the New York Times reported Monday.

The site also will allow users to compare the cost of generic equivalents and other brand name drugs used to treat the same condition.

Ana Nunez-Poole, Web site manager at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the main purpose of providing such information was to help beneficiaries compare the merits of the drug discount cards issued by private entities and approved by the government.

Through the federal Web site, consumers and government officials will have access to prices for more than 60,000 products sold at nearly 75,000 pharmacies around the country.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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