Enhanced Medication Access Results in 25% Improvement of Prescription Compliance
Beginning in January 2015, the Wyoming Medication Donation Program began purchasing needed medications that were not donated in sufficient supply to meet the needs of enrolled patients. Although the volume of donated medications continues to grow, certain items are not donated in consistent supply to meet demand. Through funding provided by the Wyoming Institute of Population Health's Health Care Innovation Award Grant, the program was able to buy medication at cost to fill in the gaps of the donated inventory.
Utilizing these medications has improved the programs medication refill compliance rate from 62% in 2014 to 88% in 2015 (Jan-June). The pharmaceutical industry generally uses an 85% compliance rate as a measure of good quality pharmaceutical care. On average, 38% of the program's patients served each month receive a purchased stock medication (range 28-58%). Nearly 75% of the medications needed are for behavioral health conditions. The return on investment was $11.12 (Average Wholesale Price/Cost).
The benefit of filling in the gaps of donated mediations is evident. As the grant comes to a close, the program will begin utilizing the formulary of donated medications provided by the Dispensary of Hope in addition to looking for resources to continue purchasing needed medications not available through their formulary.
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