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Harnessing Patients' Good Intentions Can Cut 33% of America's Pharmacy-Related Waste
Date:4/6/2011

ST. LOUIS, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. can eliminate 33 percent of its annual pharmacy-related waste simply by activating patients' good intentions to improve common behaviors linked to their prescription drugs, according to a groundbreaking research report released today. In a break with traditional views on pharmacy care, the Express Scripts 2010 Drug Trend Report shows a significant gap between patients' intentions and their actions, and recommends behavior-based solutions to bridge the difference.

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The report includes results from a Harris Interactive study, commissioned by Express Scripts (Nasdaq: ESRX), that confirms the gap between what patients intend and what they do. The study found that 82 percent of patients who use brand-name medications actually prefer generics. Similarly, 70 percent of those using a retail pharmacy to fill medications for chronic conditions prefer to use a home delivery pharmacy, given the financial incentives for home delivery that are common to many plans.

If all patients consistently used generics, low-cost brands, and home delivery when available and appropriate, and adhered to their medication therapy, the nation could cut as much as $403 billion a year in unnecessary spending, the report states. However, a third of the total waste -- $134 billion -- can be eliminated simply by making it easy for patients to act on their existing good intentions. This is equivalent to saving $434 per year for every man, woman and child in America.

"Don't let behavior fool you," said Bob Nease, PhD, chief scientist at Express Scripts. "Patients' behavior is often misleading and doesn't represent their underlying intention. Our research and experience show that most patients, w
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