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Medication Adherence - Influenced by Drug or Race?

ne (TZD), a sulfonylurea or metformin.

The researchers determined individual medication adherence rates by calculating how often each person refilled his prescription. They assumed that a prescription filled meant that the previous prescription had been taken.

Many commercial insurers pay for educators to teach patients the importance of taking their medications as prescribed. Medicaid needs to do the same thing. While it invests a lot of money in providing services, it does little to educate its recipients about those services and how to use them.

Based on this calculation alone, the researchers found that the African American diabetic patients in this Medicaid population took their medication as prescribed 54 percent of the time, compared to white diabetic patients who took their medication as prescribed 59 percent of the time.

The researchers also found that, regardless of race, people who took the anti-diabetic drug metformin were 62 percent less likely to take the medication as prescribed.

Other studies have suggested that metformin alone is ineffective at controlling the symptoms of diabetes. Balkrishnan said that most of the patients who took metformin in this study ultimately started to take another anti-diabetic drug, either alone or in combination with metformin.

Balkrishnan conducted the study with Ohio State colleague Rahul Shenolikar, and with researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics.

Source: Eurekalert
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