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Medicaid paid for unapproved DESI drugs

A minor ripple in the media, the Associated Press reviewed Medicaid records and found that since 2004, Medicaid has paid at least $200 million for unapproved drugs (perhaps $50MM per year).  “Unapproved” sounds scary, right?  These drugs are DESI drugs that are not normally reimbursed.  $200 million pales in comparison to the amounts that Medicaid has paid.  For example, in FY2006 alone, Medicaid paid out $303,882,398,422.