Study Reveals Outcomes When Adherence to Non-Infused RA Biologics Is Achieved

  • Oct 12, 2023

    Findings from a study jointly conducted by AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy and Walgreen Co. reveal the importance of adherence to non-infused biologics for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Specifically, researchers found a connection between adherence and lower medical costs, rates of hospitalization and length of stay (LOS).

    Researchers presented the findings on Sept. 20 at the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) Annual Meeting & Expo, which was held Sept. 18-21.

    The study used data from 2019-2020 in the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters databases for patients with commercial coverage, and Supplemental or Coordination of Benefits databases for Medicare beneficiaries. It also used the reporting metric of proportion of days covered (PDC) from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA), an independent non-profit organization focused on improving safety, adherence and appropriate use of medications.

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  • Angela Maas

    Angela has an extensive background of editing, reporting and writing for trade and consumer publications. She has written Radar on Specialty Pharmacy since she joined AIS Health in 2005 and has broad knowledge of the various issues at play within the space. She also has written for Spotlight on Market Access since its 2017 launch. Before joining AIS Health, she was managing editor at Employee Benefit News and Employee Benefit News Canada and managing editor at Hem Aware (a hemophilia publication), Lupus Living and Momentum (a multiple sclerosis publication). She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in British literature from Arizona State University.

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