Friday 24 February 2017

Fall in meds after prescription charges

Prescription charges have led to a fall in the use of medicines.
Prescription charges have led to a fall in the use of medicines.

Prescription charges for medical card holders have led to a fall in the use of medicines by Irish patients.

That's according to a study by the Health Research Board, and co-authored by researchers in University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin.

The findings, published in the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, tracked how the 50c and €1.50 prescription charges impacted on how patients take their medications.

It has since been increased to €2.50 per item.

Using anonymised data from the national pharmacy claims database, which holds data on every single prescription filled in the medical card population, the authors found that after the 50c prescription charge in 2010, adherence, or in other words, the use of all medicines included in the study, was reduced.

The reduction ranged from 2pc to 5pc for most essential medicines. The exception was anti-depressant medicines.

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