Medication rebates and health disparities: Mind the gap.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Compared to white patients in the United States, people of racial and ethnic minority groups face higher rates of chronic disease including diabetes, obesity, stroke, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Minority groups are also less likely to receive medication therapy to manage complications of chronic disease as well as be adherent to these therapies. A recently announced proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG), which would discourage rebates between manufacturers and payers in favor of discounts directly provided to patients, has received significant attention for its anticipated impact on prescription drug pricing and reimbursement in Medicare. This commentary describes the proposed rule and how it may impact adherence among patients of racial minority groups through an illustrative case study and discussion.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zullig, LL; Granger, BB; Vilme, H; Oakes, MM; Bosworth, HB

Published Date

  • March 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 431 - 433

PubMed ID

  • 31072750

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1934-8150

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.04.053


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States