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Mail-Order Pharmacies May Be Safer and Less Expensive, Reports Say

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
Posted on Dec 31, 2011

Many consumers opt for mail-service pharmacies because of their low costs and convenience.  But new reports say that these 90-day prescriptions may save you more than a trip to the drugstore: 

  • The Journal of General Internal Medicine discovered that patients who get prescriptions through a mail-order pharmacy have better cholesterol control than those who get their medication from a local pharmacy. 
  • The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed the potential savings for federal employees using mail-service pharmacies for generic prescriptions. The average mail-order price of generic drugs was about 27% below the price paid for a brand name at a retail pharmacy—and 53% percent below the average paid for generic drugs.
  • The Journal Pharmacotherapy found that highly-automated pharmacies filled scrips with 23 times higher accuracy than retail pharmacies. In addition, the mail-service error rate was zero in many critical areas, including drug dispensing, dosage, and route of medication.
  • According to the American Journal of Managed Care, patients who got their prescription medications for chronic conditions through mail-order pharmacies were more likely to follow their medication instructions than patients who shopped at a pharmacy chain.

With the decreased rate of fatal medication errors and convenience of online ordering and delivery, mail-service pharmacies could prove to be serious competition for the retail chains.  As another incentive to switch, many mail-service pharmacies also offer private, over-the-phone counseling from trained pharmacists seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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