Navigation Links
Mail-order pharmacy for new statin prescriptions achieve better cholesterol control
Date:7/22/2011

OAKLAND, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Northern California patients who obtained new statin prescriptions via a mail-order pharmacy achieved better cholesterol control in the first 3-15 months following the initiation of therapy -- compared to those patients who only obtained their statin prescription from their local Kaiser Permanente Northern California pharmacy.

Greater adjusted rates of LDL-C control in mail-order pharmacy users were seen across all gender and race-ethnicity groups, according to the study that appears in the current online issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

After adjustment for demographic, clinical, and socioeconomic characteristics, as well as for potential unmeasured differences between mail-order and in-person pharmacy users, 85 percent of patients who used the mail-order pharmacy achieved target cholesterol levels, compared to 74.2 percent of patients who only used the local Kaiser Permanente pharmacy.

Previous studies have shown that mail-order pharmacy use is associated with greater medication adherence. However, this is the first study to examine whether mail-order pharmacy use is related to improved cardiovascular risk factor outcomes, according to Julie Schmittdiel, PhD, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., and the lead author of the study.

"While the findings of this study should be confirmed in a randomized controlled trial, they provide new evidence that mail-order pharmacy use may be associated with improved care and outcomes for patients for risk factors with cardiovascular disease," Schmittdiel said.

"Though mail order may not be right for all patients, this study shows that it is one possible tool in the broader health care system-level toolbox that can help patients meet their medication needs."

At Kaiser Permanente, members have 24/7 access to online pharmacy and pharmacy refills at kp.org using My Health Manager, which can be mailed to them free of shipping charges or made available for pick-up at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy.

In comparing the effectiveness of mail-order pharmacy vs. local pharmacy use on cholesterol control in new statin users, investigators tapped a study population of 100,298 Kaiser Permanente members who were statin users between Jan. 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007. Statin use was obtained from automated pharmacy records and patients were considered to be new users if they had not recorded use of statin in records prior to the initial statin prescription date.

Greater adherence to these medications by mail-order pharmacy users may reflect improved access to medications, researchers explain. Mail order does not require travel to the local pharmacy, which may provide ease and convenience for patients refilling medications. To address possible selection biases for example, the possibility that patients who use mail-order pharmacy services are more motivated to take care of their health than patients who do not use such services researchers conducted additional analyses.to minimize such biases. All analyses, even those accounting for such potential differences, showed a positive, significant association between mail order pharmacy use and cholesterol control.

This study is part of an ongoing body of work analyzing the impact of mail-order pharmacy use on clinical outcomes, and seeks to further understand how health care systems can work with patients to optimize medication use without compromising patient choice or safety.

In a January 2010 study in the American Journal of Managed Care, researchers from UCLA and the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research found that patients with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol who ordered their medications by mail were more likely to take them as prescribed by their doctors than did patients who obtained them from the local pharmacy.


'/>"/>

Contact: Danielle Cass
danielle.x.cass@kp.org
510-267-5354
Kaiser Permanente
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. FDA to Pull Diabetes Drug Avandia From Pharmacy Shelves
2. New UCSF robotic pharmacy aims to improve patient safety
3. Classic Care Pharmacy Chooses ScreenScape to Improve Onsite Care in Retirement Residences
4. Publix Pharmacy Now Offers Pill Glide, an Innovative New Way for Children and Adults to Take Vitamins, Supplements and Medications
5. Web-Based Portal Provides Advertisers Access To 25,000 Pharmacy Locations
6. PharmacyChecker.com Reports Decrease in Brand Name Drug Prices From Canadian and Other International Online Pharmacies
7. Introducing DirectorsofPharmacy.com
8. Safe & Secure Online Pharmacy Viamedic.com; Reaches Milestone of 1.5 Million Orders Processed
9. Scottsdale Veterinary Pharmacy Celebrates Success in Business By Dodging Veterinary Drug Shortages
10. New Nasal Drug Delivery Device for Chronic Sinusitis Patients Now Available from ASL Pharmacy
11. New NACDS Chairman Larry Merlo Emphasizes Personal Commitment, Connection to Pharmacy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Houston ... options at his office, Antoine Dental Center. Currently, patients can get single dental ... may apply, but patients can learn more about these offers by contacting Antoine ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... The Smart Machine Age is here, and it’s disrupting everything. Not only could it ... the United States may be taken over by technology in the next five to ... over colleagues is drawing to a close. Success will belong to those who can ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... With ProGlass Prism users now have the ability ... total control over position, rotation, distortion, edge softness, edge blur, chromatic aberration, individual glass ... , With ProGlass Prism users are given the tools and effects to generate ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management ... radiology marketing programs at the annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, ... Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Nine awards are given out in five categories. They ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... On February 22, 2017 the ... to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to ... May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an ... that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights to ... innovative HDAC inhibitor targeting hematological and solid tumors. ... Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of Abexinostat ... have already been completed, demonstrating that Abexinostat ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Visiomed, the French leader ... 1997, is changing the landscape of healthcare with ... with pro-active, custom-made solutions. Recognizing the rising demand ... affordable healthcare without walls, Visiomed has launched BewellConnect, ... with healthcare professionals that is empowering the lives ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... 2017  Genesis Healthcare Services has merged with Hospice ... by Bill Monast , President and CEO of ... Nathan Feltman , executives with Home Health Depot, Inc., ... This acquisition helps Hospice Cloud maintain its ... durable medical equipment (DME) solutions for the hospice industry. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: