Did you know that an estimated one out of every 10 instances of medication non-adherence is due to patients being late to pick up their monthly refill? This can lead to a decreased effectiveness of treatment, and ultimately worse health outcomes. An easy way to reduce the risk of adverse medical events associated with non-adherence are 90-day prescriptions, particularly for chronic maintenance medications. By writing a prescription for a 90-day supply rather than the standard 30-day fill, providers can help patients optimize their prescription benefits and navigate barriers to medication adherence.
A 90-day supply reduces the number of times patients need to pick up their medication, improving the likelihood that they will pick it up on time. Additionally, most prescription benefits now produce a reduced co-pay for a 90-day supply versus what it would cost for 3 separate 30-day supply co-pays. Over the course of a year, or many years, this can add up to significant cost savings for the patient.
Mail-order also remains a convenient option to support adherence since it delivers medications directly to your door, however it may not be the perfect fit for everyone, especially for patients who need to fill their medications right away and can’t afford to wait for mail delivery.
One small quantity change on your prescription can translate to significant cost savings and improved health outcomes for your patients. Initiate conversations with patients to understand their unique situation and barriers to adherence and collaborate to create a plan that best supports them. The next time you prescribe a chronic maintenance medication, keep in mind the benefits of a 90-day prescription.
For questions, contact a local Pharmacy Plus. Information for Lexington locations can be found at https://www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/lexington-pharmacy and Louisville locations at https://www.kentuckyonehealth.org/pharmacy.