Simplified Rx Refills May Boost Adherence

According to research published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, patients who had multiple drug prescriptions with different refill schedules and from different prescribers tended not to take cardiovascular medications when they should. After examining prescription-tracking data on some 2.6 million patients, researchers found that patients with the greatest prescription complexity patterns had 8% poorer adherence rates for statins, ACE inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers relative to those with simpler prescriptions, after adjusting for patient age, gender, income, and copayment amounts. The study suggested that streamlining the refill process could boost adherence.