|April 15, 2020
Obtaining Unaffordable Medicines: A Challenge for Many Patients
By Martha Morrison, MedHelp Maine, 207-793-4462 or email@example.com
While attention is currently focused on infectious disease and social isolation, please also remember the enhanced risks to your financially vulnerable patients who need ongoing access to medications for management of their chronic diseases.
Even in the best of times, 30% of prescriptions are never filled, and 50% of medications prescribed for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed. Medication non-adherence in the U.S. is estimated to result in 10% of all hospitalizations and 125,000 deaths each year, far more than from liver and kidney disease, influenza or pneumonia, diabetes, or opioid drug overdose.
So that medication non-adherence does not contribute to their increased risk of coronavirus infection, please continue to help your vulnerable patients maintain access to the drugs you prescribe. With many social service organizations short-staffed or overwhelmed, you might even consider asking your prescription assistance personnel to reach out to these patients to help facilitate any needed referrals for housing, food, heat, transportation, or other needs that impact heath.
Responses from those physicians who participated in the survey about unaffordable medications distributed by the Maine Medical Association this past summer showed that:
To remove the burden of time-consuming medication access work from individual practices, 15 Maine hospitals (including all MaineHealth facilities) have now established efficient and cost-effective centralized prescription assistance programs to which area clinicians can refer patients who cannot afford their medications. Do you know about and take advantage of this medical staff benefit?
Non-profit MedHelp Maine (firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 793-4462) has helped develop seven hospital-based prescription assistance programs. It is available to provide free start-up guidance to those Maine hospitals still without such resources, or to offer suggestions to practitioners who still prefer to do this work themselves.
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