Generics enhance drug compliance

April 3, 2006

Generic drugs are associated with greater patient adherence to their drug regimen than brand drugs. That's the conclusion reached by researchers reporting in an article titled "The Implications of Choice: Prescribing Generic or Preferred Pharmaceuticals Improves Medication Adherence for Chronic Conditions" in the Feb. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Generic drugs are associated with greater patient adherence to their drug regimen than brand drugs. That's the conclusion reached by researchers reporting in an article titled "The Implications of Choice: Prescribing Generic or Preferred Pharmaceuticals Improves Medication Adherence for Chronic Conditions" in the Feb. 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

The researchers found that among 6,755 patients enrolled in a three-tier pharmacy benefit structure, patients with the smallest or no copayment for generic cholesterol-lowering statins, oral contraceptives, orally inhaled corticosteroids, and three antihypertensives showed improved compliance. They demonstrated a 12.6% increase in therapy adherence compared with patients who took third-tier brand-name drugs.

The researchers also found that: