NC Medicaid starts preferred drug list program – AP

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Medicaid office has created a list of drugs it wants physicians to prescribe as a way to discourage more expensive or less effective medications while saving tens of millions of dollars annually.

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday the start of a preferred drug list similar to those used by private insurers and Medicaid in most other states. Officials say more than $90 million in federal and state money could be saved with the change.

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