Association of Medicare Part D benzodiazepine coverage expansion with changes in fall-related injuries and overdoses among Medicare advantage beneficiaries - Maust DT, Lin LA, Goldstick JE, Haffajee RL, Brownlee R, Bohnert ASB.

IMPORTANCE: Benzodiazepines, which are associated with safety-related harms for older adults, were not covered when the US Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit began. Coverage was extended to benzodiazepines in 2013. OBJECTIVE: To examine whet...
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