Consumer Benefits of Receiving Medication Through the Mail

Programs that deliver maintenance medications for chronic diseases through the mail – commonly known as mail order or mail service pharmacies — can help manage widespread medication non-adherence, which negatively impacts patient illness and increases health care costs. Research published by the American Journal of Managed Care in 2013 shows a positive association between mail-order […]

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Prescription Coverage

    Prescription drug coverage is one of 10 essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This means that insurance policies must cover these benefits to be ACA certified and to participate in the federally mandated Health Insurance Marketplace, where consumers shop for health coverage online. States expanding their Medicaid programs must […]

Medication Adherence Improves Health Outcomes of Heart Patients

New research confirms that patients need to achieve adherence of 80 percent or higher to their prescription medications to reduce the risk of hospital readmission after a heart attack. Patients with lower levels of medication adherence following a heart attack derived less clinical benefit, according to new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and CVS […]

Low Health Literacy Compromises Health, Increases Costs

A patient’s health literacy — ability to understand medical language, actively listen, analyze treatment plans, make daily decisions and ask health providers relevant questions — can impact health outcomes and medical adherence, say health experts. Health literacy is what helps the patient understand directions on prescription bottles, consent forms, brochures, appointment information and how to […]

The Costs of “Dispense as Written” Prescriptions

    Wouldn’t it make sense that a patient would be likely to fill the order and do it quickly when a doctor writes a prescription and that requires a specific brand-name medication and not a generic substitute? After all, such specificity would make it clear that this was a pretty important prescription to fill. […]

Do Gender and Race Impact Adherence?

    A recent study is shedding some light on the impact of gender and race on adherence to statins used to treat high cholesterol. While high cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke, the condition can be well managed with prescription medications when taken as […]