December 13, 2013

Amazon Drones Delivering Rx?

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mail-order2According to a study published in American Journal of Managed Care, people who order supplies through the mail are less likely to appear in the emergency room.

The personal touch always seems best, unless you’re talking about the emergency room visits and the way these people obtain their heart medications. People with diabetes who received their heart medications by mail were less likely to visit the emergency room than those who picked up prescriptions in person.

The 3 year study found that diabetes patients under age 65 who used a mail order pharmacy had significantly fewer emergency room visits for any cause than those who picked up prescriptions. This is an interesting finding but it begs the question why the difference?

Let’s break it down to dollars and sense. The study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente, a affordable health coverage company. I know that mail order pharmacies cost the insurance companies significantly less money than local pharmacies. Personally, I know when it comes to pharmacies, you get what you pay for.

According to the study, if you’re still a fan of mail order meds, drugs can be delivered with free shipping, mail order requests can be made by phone or online, and mail order co-pays are often lower for the same supply as walk-in pharmacies.

Would you be suspicious that the study did not look at possible reasons why the use of mail order pharmacies was associated with fewer emergency room visits? Of course rsearchers interjected their 2 cents. Their best guesses are patients having disabilities, time constraints or limited transportation.

I order everything on Amazon. I’m  a proud Prime member. But when it comes to my medications, I’m 100% happy with my pharmacy. I wouldn’t chance it with mail order pharmacies. If you use a pharmacy you trust, don’t let this contrived study sway your patronage. You meds are a big deal. Your health depends on it.

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