July 10th, 2016

Podcast 204: Medical marijuana’s effect on Medicare prescriptions

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[Note: a transcript of this interview will be added in a few days’ time.]

Our guest has strong indirect evidence that medical marijuana has been replacing “standard” drugs in states where it is legal. In doing so, the substitution is saving the Medicare system modest amounts of money. Their evidence, published in Health Affairs, comes from an examination of national Medicare Part D records over a 4-year span.

Health Affairs study (free abstract)

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