Researchers test automated point-of-care dispensing

Patients whose medications are automatically dispensed at point of care by their doctor record much higher rates of adherence than other patients, according to a US study.

It shows the rate of primary adherence with doctor-guided automated dispensing jumped 20% above the national US median to a rate of 91.7%, with an upper level at 98.5%.

"Improved adherence over the national rate should lead to better patient outcomes, fewer return visits, and lower healthcare cost,” says author Jacob Moroshek.

The study, published in the journal ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research, assessed outcome from more than one million prescriptions.

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