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Poorest U.S. States Rank Among Most Wasteful in Unnecessary Medication-Related Costs
Date:4/23/2013

ORLANDO, Fla., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States wasted $418 billion in 2012 based on bad medication-related decisions, and the impact was most deeply felt in those states that could least afford it, according to new research from Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX).

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While these costly decisions impact the entire nation, the analysis shows that they have a disproportionate effect on the poorest states. Mississippi, which has the lowest median household income in the country, had the most wasteful spending, totaling $1,622.76 per resident. The other low-income states that top the list in unnecessary pharmacy-related costs include Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

"Our nation pays a huge price for bad medication-related decisions, and it is clear that the price is even more costly for those at the lowest end of the economic spectrum," said Steve Miller , MD, chief medical officer at Express Scripts. "The good news is that our country can save billions of dollars for patients, employers and the government – and achieve healthier outcomes – simply by driving better decisions within the pharmacy benefit."

Waste was defined as extra medication-related spending that provided no additional clinical benefit. This includes the use of high-priced prescription drugs and ph
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