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Curb on seniors’ drugs protested

Medicare change would restrict choice; Antidepressant makers see a threat to profits

WASHINGTON — New rules proposed by the Obama administration to limit the array of antidepressants and other prescription drugs currently available to millions of seniors have set off an intense round of lobbying by patient advocates clamoring to preserve access and by pharmaceutical companies eager to preserve profits.

Under the proposed guidelines for Medicare prescription drug benefits, seniors who currently have access to about 57 antidepressants and anti-
psychotics could see their choices dwindle to 15, according to a pharmaceutical industry-backed group.

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