Increased cost sharing by patients results in the reduced use of prescription drugs. A retrospective study by the authors found that diabetic patients did not adhere to their regimens, and thus did not meet target treatment goals, if they were required to pay part of the cost of their medications.
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P&T® Journal contents for September 2008
Health Care & Law
Immunizations can protect large numbers of people in a community — even those who have not been inoculated. However, the reluctance of growing numbers of people to receive vaccinations for themselves and their children raises the risk of reducing “herd immunity,” which can lead to widespread infection in a population.
Every citizen 18 years of age and older in Massachusetts is required to obtain health insurance. This article describes the state’s progress and discusses how it might influence proposals for health care reform offered by the two presidential candidates.
Therapies covered include balsalazide (Colazal) and infliximab (Remicade) for ulcerative colitis; infliximab/methotrexate and certolizumab pegol (Cimzia) for Crohn’s disease; and glucose-lowering strategies, as well as a combination of sitagliptin (Januvia) and metformin (Glucophage), for diabetes.
Topics include clevidipine (Cleviprex) for reducing blood pressure; repaglinide/ metformin (PrandiMet) for improving glycemic control; and difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion (Durezol) for treating inflammation and pain after ocular surgery.