Adherence matters

Only half of people in the United States take their medicines as prescribed.[1] The reasons can vary:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of pharmacy access
  • Side effects
  • Cost or treatment plan confusion
  • Ineffective communication between health care professionals

No matter the reason, not taking medicine as prescribed can have serious consequences. Nonadherence can lead to more hospitalizations, greater incidence of disease and even death.[2]      

Nonadherence also results in higher health care costs. One study found it cost the U.S. health care system $105 billion in avoidable expenses.[2]That’s more than $330 per U.S. resident.[3] 

For employers, higher costs aren’t the only concern. Not taking medicine as prescribed can also result in absenteeism, lower productivity and higher employee turnover.

We want to make it easier for employees to take their medicine.

Our Adherence Matters™ package offers a choice of programs and services that can be tailored to your population:

  • Clinical programs help employees and doctors make better decisions about medicines by identifying nonadherence and closing gaps in care.
  • Improved access to 90-day supplies leads to improved adherence by delivering long-term medicine directly to the member’s door.
  • Benefit designs can promote low cost options.[4] Keeping medicine affordable helps employees stay on track.
  • Prime Therapeutics Specialty Pharmacy (Prime Specialty Pharmacy) gives employees a simpler way to get the specialty medicine they need. It offers coordinated care, specialized education and access to experts 24/7/365.
  • Prime Specialty Pharmacy care management helps improves adherence where it matters most, leading to improved outcomes.[5]

In addition, Prime’s member website helps employees understand their benefits and make informed decisions. 100 percent of visitors were able to complete the main tasks on our site with little to no difficulty.[6]

Improving adherence can lead to better member health and productivity. And that can help result in a lower overall cost of care — for everyone.

To learn more about how Adherence Matters can help improve member adherence, contact your Prime representative.


[1]Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. (2009). 2009 Almanac of chronic diseaswes. Retrieved from http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/sitse/fightchronicdisease.org/files.docs/2009 AlmanacofChronicDisease_updated81009.pdf>.

[2] IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. (2013). Avoidable costs in U.S. healthcare: The $200 billion opportunity from using medicines more responsibly.

[3] U.S. Census Bureau. (2014). State and county quick facts. Retrieved from http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

[4] Member savings depend on plan design.

[5] PrimeTherapeutics. (2013). Prime Therapeutics Specialty Pharmacy study.

[6] Prime Therapeutics remote usability study. (2014.)

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