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Patients with medical prescriptions who fail to fill or take their medication properly can have serious health implications. According to a survey from the American Medical Association, approximately 25 percent of new prescriptions are not filled, and approximately half of patients don’t take their medicines.
People cite several reasons why they don’t fill their prescriptions or take their medication. Mail-order pharmacies, such as the service available from Humana, are one way to address this problem. Another study conducted by The American Journal of Managed Care, showed that patients who used a mail-delivery pharmacy were more likely to follow their treatment plan than those who did not.
A mail-delivery pharmacy has many benefits, including 90-day prescriptions, which help to reduce the frequency of refills. This option is especially beneficial for those with chronic conditions who might be taking multiple medications.
A 90-day prescription fill is often more cost-effective than a typical one-month supply.
Another benefit of mail-order pharmacies is convenience. The medication can be delivered to a home or office, which is convenient for those with busy work schedules or who are unable to visit a pharmacy for other reasons. Most new prescriptions arrive in 1 to 2 weeks, and refills take 5 to 7 days. Medicine and supplies are delivered in unmarked, heat-safe, tamper-resistant packaging with free standard shipping.
“Mail-delivery pharmacy is a win-win solution for people who lead busy lives and want to follow their doctor’s treatment plan, especially for people who need simplicity in how they purchase their prescriptions,” says William Fleming, president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “Studies have shown that more than half of consumers buy items online. Mail-delivery pharmacy is a method of purchasing prescriptions that aligns with how they live their lives.”
“By simplifying their lives, we are able to improve affordability and access to medications which should yield better health outcomes,” he adds.
Many mail-delivery pharmacy providers also provide additional benefits, such as online ordering and mobile apps that allow users to order refills, track shipments, and receive medication reminders.
As for safety concerns, mail delivery orders are checked by a pharmacist before shipment, and data suggest that mail-delivery pharmacies such as Humana Pharmacy are approximately 23 times more accurate than retail pharmacies. Patients also have the opportunity to consult a pharmacy team from the privacy of their own homes.
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