health care

CVS issues report on medication adherence

Posted 4/2/12

WOONSOCKET – Rhode Island received a “gold” rating in the recently released “State of the States: Adherence Report,” compiled by CVS Caremark Corp., in a comprehensive look at how patients in 50 states are complying with their doctor’s directions about taking medications.

The study documented how different patients in different geographies are taking – or not taking medications, based upon the CVS patient database.

“Medication nonadherence is a significant health issue because studies show the annual cost for medical treatment that could be avoided if people take their medications as directed is $290 billion a year,” said Helena B. Foulkes, executive vice president at CVS Caremark.

The “State of Adherence” study looked at medication adherence for four chronic conditions – diabetes, hypertension, depression and dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol levels) – diseases that make up a large portion of pharmacy care spend, according to Foulkes.

The study examined adherence rates based upon metrics for use of generics, mail dispensing rate, first fill persistency rate, and medication possession ratio.

Overall, Rhode Island’s performance was graded as “above average,” the report found. The state was ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in its generic dispensing rates for diabetes and depression, respectively.

In turn, Rhode Island was ranked 48th and 49th in mail order dispensing rates for all four chronic diseases. Mail order dispensing rates are important, according to Foulkes, because patients served by mail pharmacies tend to have higher adherence rates.

Medication adherence, Foulkes said, “is not just about individual behavior; it is about care coordination and improved communication among all constituents that make up the health care continuum – patients, health care professionals, and the health care system.”

To view an interactive map for the 50 states, click here.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot early!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News