Distance to pharmacy and risk of medication primary nonadherence

Joseph A. Moo-Young, Elizabeth A. Suarez, Adewole S. Adamson

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Abstract

Primary nonadherence, a form of prescription nonadherence, is defined as failure to fill and pick up a prescription medication. Little is known about the relationship between distance to pharmacy and primary nonadherence in dermatology. In this study, we investigated the association between primary nonadherence and distance between a patient’s home and pharmacy. We focused on a low-income patient population within the dermatology clinic of a large, urban county hospital system in which patients were enrolled in a pharmacy benefit within a closed-system. Among 678 patients who were prescribed a total of 1156 prescription medications for dermatologic conditions, 11.7% did not pick up any of their prescriptions. After adjusting for patient demographics of race/ethnicity, sex, age, language, and relationship status, there was no association between primary nonadherence and distance traveled between a patient’s home and pharmacy. Results of this study are consistent with other studies in non-dermatologic patients and suggtableest that distance from a pharmacy may not be strongly associated with primary nonadherence for dermatologic medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number18
JournalDermatology online journal
Volume24
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Medication Adherence
Prescriptions
Dermatology
County Hospitals
Urban Hospitals
Poverty
Language
Demography

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Distance
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary nonadherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Distance to pharmacy and risk of medication primary nonadherence. / Moo-Young, Joseph A.; Suarez, Elizabeth A.; Adamson, Adewole S.

In: Dermatology online journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, 18, 01.01.2018.

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Moo-Young, Joseph A. ; Suarez, Elizabeth A. ; Adamson, Adewole S. / Distance to pharmacy and risk of medication primary nonadherence. In: Dermatology online journal. 2018 ; Vol. 24, No. 2.
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