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“Low-income patients who have chronic diseases but not insurance have a difficult time getting medications reliably, which often leads to serious, unnecessary, and costly health problems,” said lead study author Drew Roberts, PharmD. Photo by Sarah Robertson.

Patients who get free meds comply with dosing schedule, as regularly as those who pay

Patients receiving free or low-cost medications may not follow their prescriptions perfectly, but they’re not much different than patients who have insurance, according to a new study.

Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management, is among the study’s co-authors.


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Partnerships, cancer research in Malawi to expand with new NCI grant

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