AMCP Nexus Poster: Adherence Patterns for Oral Atypical Antipsychotics in Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia

If you are attending AMCP Nexus in October, I am a co-author on a poster presentation titled “Adherence Patterns for Oral Atypical Antipsychotics in Patients Diagnosed with Schizophrenia” co-authored with Joanna MacEwan, Felicia Forma, Ainslie Hatch and Darius Lakdawalla.  The presentation abstract is below and here.   BACKGROUND: Many payers rely on claims-based metrics—such as those…

Convenience improves adherence

This is one of the goals of Appointment-based medication synchronization (ABMS).  These systems vary in their implementation but they have three common features: All medications refills come due on the same day of the month. Pharmacies place regular call to remind the patient to fill their prescription, typically 5 to 7 days before the scheduled pharmacy visit…

Patient adherence to antipsychotic medications

Patients with schizophrenia often require medication—such as antipsychotics—to control the symptoms of their disease. However, adherence to these medications has been poor. Valenstein et al. (2004) estimate that 40% of patients are non-compliant with therapy [i.e., mediation possession ratio (MPR)<0.8]. Why are schizophrenia patients likely to be non-complient to antipsychotic therapy? One key reason is…