Wednesday, September 24, 2008

News You Can Use: Rx home delivery shows cost savings; generic uptick

Employees are more likely to take medications as directed and to choose generic products when they use home delivery versus a retail pharmacy, states new research from Express Scripts.

The study shows 78.6% compliance for home delivery, versus 70.8% compliance for retail pharmacies. Patients were 34% more likely to choose a generic with home delivery.

Home pharmacies may encourage better adherence because of less frequent re-ordering and e-mail or phone reminders when a prescription is running low.

"Billions in savings are at stake when you account for a similar impact in other therapy classes," says Emily Cox, Ph.D, study author and Express Scripts research leader.

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