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HCPC Calls for Greater Healthcare Savings Through Improved Adherence to Prescription Drug Regimens
Date:6/22/2009

ures refilled their prescriptions in a much for timely manner and also achieved markedly better reductions in their blood pressure readings.

The OSU study is just one example of research which points to the role that unit dose formats can play in improving pharmaceutical compliance Mayberry points out. "In the United States today, the only class of drugs currently dispensed by manufacturers in a unit dose format with compliance-prompting features is birth control pills, and the most recent data shows that compliance rates with these drugs exceeds 92 percent. This can be compared with compliance rates for organ-rejection drugs - which are not typically dispensed in special packaging - that have a compliance rate of about 82 percent."

If better packaging can improve compliance by a mere 10 percent, Mayberry notes, annual savings should equal about $18 billion. "Over ten years," he pointed out, "that is more than double what the PhRMA program seeks to achieve."

The HCPC is a not-for-profit trade association that was formed in 1990 to promote the many benefits of unit dose packaging. The United States is one of only a few countries in the world where pharmaceutical manufacturers are able to ship prescription drugs in bulk containers such that the drugs must be repackaged in the pharmacy before they can be given to consumers.

Bulk distribution of drug product adds unnecessary burdens to the pharmacy industry, allows drugs to be exposed to the atmosphere during repackaging and household use, promotes dispensing errors, and facilitates the introduction of counterfeit and/or expired drug products into legitimate dispensing chains. Greater use of unit dose packaging with compliance-prompting features by pharmaceutical manufacturers in the U.S. would reduce overall healthcare costs by improving healthcare outcomes, while also improving the pharmaceutical supply chain, and providing U.S. consumers with greate
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