Completeness of retail pharmacy claims data: implications for pharmacoepidemiologic studies and pharmacy practice in elderly patients.

@article{Polinski2009CompletenessOR,
  title={Completeness of retail pharmacy claims data: implications for pharmacoepidemiologic studies and pharmacy practice in elderly patients.},
  author={Jennifer M. Polinski and Sebastian Schneeweiss and Raisa Levin and William H. Shrank},
  journal={Clinical therapeutics},
  year={2009},
  volume={31 9},
  pages={
          2048-59
        }
}
BACKGROUND In the elderly (those aged >or=65 years), retail pharmacy claims are used to study drug use among the uninsured after drug policy changes, to prevent drug-drug interactions and duplication of therapy, and to guide medication therapy management. Claims include only prescriptions filled at 1 pharmacy location or within 1 pharmacy chain and do not include prescriptions filled at outside pharmacies, potentially limiting research accuracy and pharmacy-based safety interventions… CONTINUE READING

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