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New Study: Mail-Service Pharmacies Improve Outcomes for Patients Using Cholesterol Medications
Date:7/25/2011

WASHINGTON, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients receiving their prescription medications through a mail-service pharmacy achieved better cholesterol control compared to those who obtained their statin prescriptions from their local pharmacy, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study found that 85 percent of patients who used mail-order pharmacies achieved target cholesterol levels, compared to 74.2 percent of patients who only used local pharmacies.

The new study adds to the growing body of evidence that mail-service pharmacies improve patient outcomes, adding a new dimension to existing peer-reviewed and government research showing that mail-service pharmacies cost consumers less than "brick-and-mortar" pharmacies, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today.

"While everyone knows that mail-service pharmacies make prescriptions more affordable, this new study shows how they can also improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions," said PCMA President and CEO Mark Merritt.

Home delivery is popular with patients because it offers 90-day prescriptions that are less expensive and is more convenient than driving to the drugstore every 30 days. With mail-service pharmacies, patients can get private counseling over the phone from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Home delivery also solves one of the biggest problems in health care: 25 percent of patients don't pick up the drugs prescribed by their doctors.

Numerous government and peer-reviewed studies have confirmed that mail-service pharmacies lower costs for consumers and payers, improve accuracy, and increase medication adherence for those suffering from chronic conditions.

  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC): The FTC concluded in a 2005 report that PBM-owned mail-order pharmacies offer lower pri
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