Costs Deter Patients from Taking Prescribed Medications

A new study by Brian Callaghan, M.D., M.S., finds higher out-of-pocket costs lead to neurology patients being less likely to take their prescribed medications.

Fovette E. Dush Associate Professor of Neurology Brian Callaghan, M.D., M.S., found that out-of-pocket costs for drugs mean patients with conditions including Alzheimer's disease aren't taking their medication correctly, in a study published in Neurology.
In the publication, Callaghan et al concluded:              
  • Higher out-of-pocket costs were associated with lower medication adherence in 3 common neurologic conditions.
  • When prescribing medications, physicians should consider these costs in order to increase adherence, especially as out-of-pocket costs continue to rise.
  • Racial/ethnic disparities were also observed; therefore, minority populations should receive additional focus in future intervention efforts to improve adherence.

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