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Medication Cost Factors in Prescription Abandonment
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Abandoned prescriptions constitute a small but significant component of nonadherence, according to a paper published in the Nov. 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. Research by Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and CVS Caremark researchers found a direct correlation between the amount of a patient’s out-of-pocket co-pay and the likelihood of prescription abandonment: Patients having a co-pay of $50 are almost four times more likely to abandon a prescription at a pharmacy than those paying $10.

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