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The Effect of Donepezil Therapy on Health Costs in a Medicare Managed Care Plan

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    • In one study, despite a 4-fold increase in prescription drug spending, overall health spending for Alzheimer’s patients undergoing drug therapy went down by 1/3.  
    • Research shows that use of donepezil leads to a 4-fold increase in drug costs; however, it significantly lowers overall medical costs, reducing medical treatment and prescription drug costs by $3,891…  
    • Donepezil, a new Alzheimer’s medication, increased prescription costs to $1,000 per patient, however the overall health care costs decreased from $11,947 to $8,056.