On "New Cardiovascular Drugs: Pattern of Use and Association with Non-Drug Health Expenditures".

Inquiry: a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing (Impact Factor: 0.55). 02/2006; 43(1):80-2; author reply 82-4. DOI: 10.5034/inquiryjrnl_43.1.80
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