Integrated Benefits Institute

Understand Health Risks

Pharmacy

January 2007
IBI Research

The Blind Man and the Elephant

If you manage medical programs, you may define everything in terms of how it affects medical costs. Research by IBI, however, shows how changes in pharmacy plan design that reduce patient compliance with drug prescriptions for rheumatoid arthritis also will dramatically increase STD claims incidence. Further, the research demonstrates how prescription drug adherence reduces lost productivity through affecting both the incidence and duration of disability.

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