Category: Respiratory medications

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Monday, July 31, 2006

THE MARKET:
- Provision of inhalation therapy drugs albuterol sulfate and ipratropium bromide, used in conjunction with nebulizers and compressors for COPD and other respiratory ailments.

MEDICARE STATUS:
- Code red—as in red ink—after montly dispensing fee fell from $57 to $33 in January.
REMEDIES:
- Retracting services such as nebulizer set-up; focusing on serving patients with less serious conditions; continuing to handle equipment without medications; enlisting patients to contact legislators about how service cuts negatively affect them.

NEW DELIVERY MODEL:
- Mail order.

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