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Walgreens Studies Demonstrate Success of HIV-Specialized Pharmacies in Improving Patient Medication Adherence
Staff Writer
November 25, 2013


2013 NOV 25 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) recently presented research from two retrospective cohort studies exploring HIV and comorbid medication adherence at HIV-specialized pharmacies and the implications for HIV patients with serious mental illness1. The research, presented at the Cell-Lancet conference, What Will it Take to Achieve an AIDS-free World?, in San Francisco, demonstrates that adherence to therapeutic treatments for HIV and associated comorbidities, such as serious mental illness, was significantly higher for patients using Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies than for patients using other Walgreens retail pharmacies (see also Walgreens).

"Medication adherence is vital to maintaining optimal health for patients with the HIV virus. Poor medication adherence can lead to treatment failure, resistance to therapy and increased mortality and is one of the greatest and most costly barriers in treating illness today," said Janeen DuChane, PhD, senior director of clinical outcomes and analytics, Walgreens. "By developing specialized patient support programs, we can improve adherence for HIV patients, better serve HIV populations and reduce medical costs."

In examining the differences in medication adherence for patients using Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies and those using other Walgreens retail pharmacies, researchers confirmed that HIV patients utilizing the specialized pharmacies were more adherent to their anti-retroviral and comorbid therapies. The study found that the mean proportion of days covered for patients using Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacies was significantly higher than for patients using other Walgreens retail pharmacies.

For patients taking angiotensin converting enzyme or angiotensin receptor blocker (drugs used to treat hypertension), Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacy users had a significantly higher mean proportion of days covered of 82.6 percent compared with 79.6 percent in patients using other Walgreens retail pharmacies.

Among patients taking statins (drugs used to treat high cholesterol), Walgreens HIV-specialized pharmacy users also had a higher mean proportion of days covered of 83.7 percent than those using other Walgreens retail pharmacies (81.3 percent).

Keywords for this news article include: HIV/AIDS, Walgreens, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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