Mail-order drug patients have better health improvements

July 22, 2011 5:19:17 PM PDT
Patients who receive their cholesterol-lowering medication through the mail showed better results compared to patients who picked up their prescription at a local pharmacy.

The study, released by Kaiser Permanente, found 85 percent of patients who received mail-order prescriptions had better cholesterol control compared to 74 percent of patients who used a local pharmacy.

Researchers say mail-order pharmacy users have better access to medications, and therefore are more likely to take and refill their medications consistently.