|CVS Caremark Data Finds More than 50 Percent of Adults 45-years and Younger are not Adherent to Cholesterol Lowering Medications|
|CVS Caremark Proactive Pharmacy Care approach applies education and personalized outreach earlier to improve adherence|
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"This data illustrates that younger adults with high cholesterol are not taking their medication as prescribed, putting them at increased risk for developing heart disease, worsening their long term clinical outcomes and ultimately increasing the cost of their care," said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,
The study examined adherence to cholesterol lowering medications by evaluating de-identified data for more than 74,000 adult patients from the CVS Caremark Health Management Claims Database who incurred claims for a cholesterol lowering medication between
The CVS Caremark Proactive Pharmacy Care approach engages patients earlier with education and personalized outreach to improve adherence. The Adherence to Care solution is a mail and retail based program designed to impact patient behavior through timely interventions that include face-to-face, first fill counseling; IVR and Web refill reminders, renewals and pick-up prompts; and personalized letters about the importance of staying on a prescribed therapy sent to those patients who have stopped filling a maintenance prescription and their health care provider. The Adherence to Care program has been shown to help increase adherence to high cholesterol therapies with those members under 45 years of age who participate in the program experiencing an MPR increase of more than 9 percent.
Medication possession ratio (MPR) is the standard statistic used to measure medication adherence via pharmacy claims. MPR assesses if a patient has a sufficient quantity of medication dispensed to suggest the medication is being taken as prescribed. MPR is represented as a ratio of total days supply of medication divided by the total days in the measurement period. In this study, MPR was calculated using the DMAA methodology on pharmacy claims incurred by the study subjects. Patients with an MPR greater than or equal to 80 percent were considered optimally adherent to therapy. This analysis is an observational study only, and the results demonstrate a correlation between patients under age 45 and suboptimal adherence to cholesterol lowering medications; however, as in most observational studies, the causal nature of this relationship cannot be determined.
Christine Cramer of CVS Caremark, Corporate Communications, +1-401-770-3317