Medication Adherence Suffers When Pharmacies Close

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Patients more likely to completely stop statins, beta-blockers, and oral anticoagulant therapy.

Pharmacy closures had an abrupt impact — a negative one — on medication adherence among those who had been taking their cardiovascular drugs regularly, a nationwide claims-based study found.

When people got their statin prescription filled at a pharmacy that subsequently shut down, their mean statin adherence rates dropped 6 percentage points over the following 3 months, and the difference persisted over 12 months of follow-up, reported Dima Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues in JAMA Network Open.

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