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Adams AS, Soumerai SB, Zhang F
Effects of eliminating drug caps on racial differences in antidepressant use among dual enrollees with diabetes and depression.
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of removing a significant financial barrier to prescription medications (drug caps) on existing black-white disparities in antidepressant treatment rates among patients with diabetes and comorbid depression. It found that policies that remove financial barriers to medications may increase depression treatment rates among patients with diabetes overall while exacerbating treatment disparities.
AHRQ-funded; HS018577; HS018072.
Citation: Adams AS, Soumerai SB, Zhang F . Effects of eliminating drug caps on racial differences in antidepressant use among dual enrollees with diabetes and depression. Clin Ther 2015 Mar;37(3):597-609. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2014.12.011..
Keywords: Medication, Disparities, Depression, Diabetes, Healthcare Costs