Mail-Order Meds Yield Good Results
People with diabetes who receive their medications in the mail are less likely to visit the emergency room, a study found, than those who pick up their prescriptions at a pharmacy. The researchers analyzed data from 17,217 people with diabetes who were given new prescriptions for diabetes, blood pressure, or cholesterol medications in 2006. About a third of the participants received meds through the mail. In the next three years, 40 percent of pharmacy visitors went to the emergency room (for any reason), but only 34 percent of mail-order recipients did. The researchers concluded that getting medications through the mail may help prevent health problems, perhaps because people are more likely to get and take their medications if they’re mailed than if they have to pick them up.
Source: The American Journal of Managed Care, November 2013