Patients with acne who did not follow through with treatment cited high prices and insurance barriers as their main reasons for medication nonadherence, in a study published in.
In the study, more than half of the 26 participants interviewed reported that they intended to fill the acne prescriptions but were not able to do so because of cost- or insurance-related concerns, reported, of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and her coauthors.
Of the initial 385 patients, 26 agreed to participate and met inclusion criteria. Most (58%) were aged 26-40 years, 19% were over aged 40, and 23% were younger than aged 26; 73% were female. Almost 40% had Medicaid coverage, 54% had commercial insurance, and the rest had “other.” Structured interviews were conducted via telephone between November 30, 2016, and January 31, 2017. Based on recorded interviews, five major themes were identified by investigator consensus: medication costs, poor understanding of prior authorization, physician-patient communication about costs, solutions and back-up plans offered by physicians, and reservations about treatment.