Pharmacy Question for the Week of June 26, 2017

Pharmacy Compliance Question of the Week

Question:

Does Medicare cover prednisone under part B?

Answer:

Prednisone is covered under Part B when it is prescribed to prevent organ rejection for a patient who has received a Medicare-covered transplant. However, prednisone would be a Part D drug if it is prescribed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Similarly, Part B covers IVIG provided in the home for an individual with a diagnosis of primary immune deficiency disease, but Part D would cover IVIG provided in the home for other diagnoses.

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