For Seniors, Geography Affects Prescriptions

WASHINGTON (October 15, 2013)--New research shows that where seniors live makes a difference in the medications they're prescribed; some miss out on key treatments while others are more likely to get riskier ones.

The Dartmouth Atlas Project found that more than 1 in 4 patients on Medicare's prescription drug plan filled at least one prescription for medications long deemed high-risk for seniors.

Those who live in Alexandria, La., were more than three times as likely as those in Rochester, Minn., to get the potentially harmful drugs.

On the flip side, twice as many heart attack survivors got proven cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in Ogden, Utah, than in Abilene.

Researchers said there was no good reason for the variation; it can't be explained by sicker patients in different parts of the country.


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