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lowed by a group with a PDC ranging from 60-79 percent who were less adherent, and then a non-adherent group with a PDC less than 60 percent.  The study also evaluated the co-morbidities and rates of emergency room/hospitalization visits among people covered by Medicare Part D plans and those who had prescription coverage elsewhere.

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