Anti-inflammatory medication adherence and cost and utilization of asthma care in a commercially insured population.

@article{Mattke2010AntiinflammatoryMA,
  title={Anti-inflammatory medication adherence and cost and utilization of asthma care in a commercially insured population.},
  author={Soeren Mattke and Francisco Martorell and Seo Yeon Hong and Priya Vrat Sharma and Alison Evans Cuellar and Nicole Lurie},
  journal={The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma},
  year={2010},
  volume={47 3},
  pages={323-9}
}
OBJECTIVE The authors hypothesized that adherence to anti-inflammatory treatment could reduce overall cost of asthma care, as higher spending on drugs would be offset by reductions in hospital and emergency care. METHODS A retrospective observational study using 2 years of claims data for 41,234 commercially insured asthmatics on monotherapy with either leukotriene inhibitors (LI) or inhaled corticosteriods (ICS). Patients were grouped into adherence quartiles based on the percentage of days… CONTINUE READING

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