USA Today (4/9, Kennedy) reports, “People younger than 65 are twice as likely to skip medications than older Americans, according to a study released today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new CDC study found that about 13% of the Americans younger than 65 did not take their medications as prescribed to save money, while 6% of the older group skipped medications.” Approximately “6% of both groups tried alternative therapies to avoid prescription drug costs.”
Bloomberg News (4/9, Edney) reports that “Americans spent $45 billion out-of-pocket on retail prescription drugs in 2011, the CDC said. The Affordable Care Act is expected to expand access in 2014 when medication coverage is considered an essential benefit of any health plan offered in new insurance marketplaces called exchanges.”
The Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger (4/9, Livio) reports that the study “found the most popular cost-cutting strategy – employed by one out of every five patients at any age – was to ask doctors to prescribe a cheaper drug, according to responses from 33,000 people who participated in the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey in 2011.”
— “Study: Younger patients more likely to skip medications, “Kelly Kennedy, USA Today, April 9, 2013.