Pharmacy Closures Linked to Drop in Adherence to Heart Medications

April 26, 2019

A retrospective study published in JAMA Network Open has shown that when pharmacies close, adherence to heart medications among older adults declines.

After a pharmacy closure, patients with prescriptions for statins, beta-blockers, and oral anticoagulants were significantly less likely to adhere after three months. One year after closure, the decline in adherence remained evident.

Patients using independent pharmacies, which made up 41.9 percent of all pharmacy closures during the period, were more likely to see a dip in adherence. Predominantly black, urban, and low-income neighborhoods were disproportionately affected by pharmacy closures.

Read APhA’s story on the study.