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Mail-Order Pharmacy Use Could Improve Patients' Medication Adherence
Date:1/13/2010

ther words, our study is able to isolate the use of mail-order pharmacies specifically without the results being affected by differences in cost or in the number of pills provided with each dispensing," Duru said.

The study does have some limitations. For example, these findings need to be confirmed by a randomized controlled trial.

Still, this research suggests that increased mail-order use to obtain medications could improve patients' adherence.

Other researchers in addition to Duru and Schmittdiel are Wendy Dyer, Melissa Parker, Connie Uratsu, James Chan and Andrew J. Karter of the division of research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.

Grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded this study.

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