Going Without Medications
Women more often say they are likely to skip taking medications due to cost concerns, says a new study. Researchers looked at data from three years in 11 high-income countries, focusing on persons ages 18-64.
They found that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. reported skipping medications because they were unaffordable, compared with 1 in 7 men. It was the same in other countries, though the gender gap was smaller.
The U.S. also ranked highest in drug unaffordability among adults over the age of 65.
Prescription Drug Delivery
Meanwhile, the pandemic has measurably changed the way people get their medications, with a dramatic increase in home delivery of prescription drugs. There are now multiple apps and online services, and rideshare companies like Uber are getting involved.
The drug store chain CVS, for example, reports a 1,000% increase in home drug-prescription deliveries, along with similar increases in telehealth and virtual visits through its MinuteClinic locations.
Changes in the rules now allow delivery services to send out many prescriptions without requiring couriers to check patient identity documents and get a signature.
A study published in the July 29 issue of the JAMA journal found that nursing homes with more health and emergency preparedness deficiencies -- and more complaints -- were also more likely to report COVID-19 cases.
Likewise with nonprofit facilities, those with more beds and those with a higher proportion of Medicaid patients.