Full Med Adherence Reduces Costs for Patients With CVD

Share this content:
Full Med Adherence Reduces Costs for Patients With CVD
Full Med Adherence Reduces Costs for Patients With CVD

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Full adherence to guideline-recommended therapies is associated with a reduced rate of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and cost savings, according to a study published in the Aug. 23 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Sameer Bansilal, M.D., from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and colleagues stratified patients hospitalized with myocardial infarction (MI) or atherosclerotic disease (ATH) as fully adherent, partially adherent, or nonadherent to statins and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors. Data were included for 4,015 post-MI patients and 12,976 patients with ATH.

The researchers found that the fully adherent group had a significantly lower rate of MACE than the nonadherent and partially adherent groups in the post-MI cohort (hazard ratios, 0.73 and 0.81, respectively). For MI hospitalizations, the fully adherent group had reduced per-patient annual direct medical (ADM) costs of $369 and $440 compared with the partially and nonadherent groups, respectively. At two years, the fully adherent group had a significantly lower rate of MACE than the nonadherent and partially adherent groups (hazard ratios, 0.56 and 0.76, respectively) in the ATH cohort. Reduced per-patient ADM costs for MI hospitalizations were $371 and $907 for the fully adherent group versus the partially adherent and nonadherent groups, respectively.

"Novel approaches to improve adherence may significantly reduce cardiovascular events," the authors write.

Several authors disclosed being employees of Ferrer and Aetna.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Editorial (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


More in Home

Disabling Injury, Illness Less Likely for Elderly Who Exercise

Disabling Injury, Illness Less Likely for Elderly Who ...

And likely to recover more quickly if injury or illness occurs

More Evidence of Abdominal Fat, Poor Cardiovascular Health Link

More Evidence of Abdominal Fat, Poor Cardiovascular Health ...

Adipose tissue imaging may outperform body mass index for cardiovascular risk assessment

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »