More patients aren’t filling brand-name prescriptions

It hasn’t had quite as much impact as some earlier health-related recession trend stories, but the rise in prescription abandonment rates, detailed in this post by Pharmalot’s Ed Silverman, is starting to snag a few headlines.

According to market research agency Wolters Kluwer, the number of prescriptions for brand-name submitted to a pharmacy but never picked up as crossed the 10 percent threshold, with patients now skipping out on twice as many prescriptions as they did before the recession. The number has been on the rise for a while now, as you can see in this Wall Street Journal graph. The agency releases the numbers every six months.

For more on the issue, I recommend the comment section of this related Pharmalot post.

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