House Panel Denies Exception for Drug
Science. 1984 Mar 30; 223(4643): 1374-1375.
The National Organ Transplant Act (H.R. 4080) emerged from the House Ways and Means health subcommittee minus the so-called "cyclosporine amendment," a provision which would have extended Medicare coverage to the long-term use of immunosuppressive drugs for organ transplant recipients. Cyclosporine became a focus of dispute because of its high cost. Opponents of the deleted provision argued that it would break the precedent under which Medicare pays for drugs only while a patient is in the hospital. Committee members report that pressure from physicians and patients is building to revive the deleted proposal. (KIE abstract)
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