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More cost-shifting in the pharmacy benefit: Copayments at new highs, while 3-tier formularies spread

The average copayment for preferred brands has cracked the $14 mark, while third-tier copayments average near $30. Four of every five health plans offer a three-tier benefit.

SOURCE: SPRING 2000 MANAGED CARE FORMULARY DRUG AUDIT, SCOTT-LEVIN, NEWTOWN, PA.

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