Stay on track with Humana Pharmacy mail delivery

med adherence delivery

In addition to practicing general whole-health wellness—meaning getting enough exercise and sleep, eating healthy food and managing your stress—taking your medicine as prescribed by your doctor is an important step to recovering from illness and staying healthy.1 If you don’t take the right medicine at the right time or you don’t finish the medicine you are prescribed, you could interfere with your treatment or your condition may even get worse.

Patients don’t take their medicine correctly for a number of reasons, including a fear of side effects, costs and unclear expectations of how the medicine will work. This is why you should speak with your doctor or your pharmacist to make sure you understand your treatment plan. For example, you should always continue to take medicine for the length of time it has been prescribed—if you stop before you finish your treatment, your symptoms may return. On the other hand, taking more medicine than you need can also hurt your health. This is where your doctor or pharmacist can help you understand what your treatment requires.

If the cost of your prescription is a concern, then consider this: when it comes to taking your medicine, not following the prescribed treatment plan is directly tied to poorer health outcomes and increased medical bills. These bills are the results of additional doctor visits, tests, trips to the ER, and additional prescription refills that would not have been required if the patient had followed their prescribed treatment. Across the US, people who didn’t take their medicine correctly racked up $290 billion a year in avoidable health care costs as of 2013.2

Find out why patients don’t take their medicine correctly.

Luckily for you, you already have an advantage: numerous studies show that if you receive your medicine from mail-delivery pharmacies such as Humana Pharmacy®, then you’re more likely to follow your treatment. Having 90-day fills of your medicine delivered straight to you makes it easier to have your medicine when it’s time to take it, and it might also help you save money. Plus, as a Humana Pharmacy customer, you can receive refill reminders and some members are eligible for automatic refills*. If you’d like more ways to help you properly follow your prescribed treatment, the Humana Pharmacy mobile app can make it even easier to stay on track with your medicine.

If you haven’t already tried Humana Pharmacy mail delivery, you can register or sign in here using the same information you use to access your MyHumana account.

Sources:

  1. Andrea B. Neiman et al., “CDC Grand Rounds: Improving Medication Adherence for Chronic Disease Management—Innovations and Opportunities,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 66, no. 45 (November 2017), accessed July 25, 2019, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6645a2
  2. “Maximizing the Benefits of Your Medicine.” NeedyMeds, August 28, 2018. https://www.bemedwise.org/maximizing-the-benefits-of-your-medicine/
  3. Elena V. Fernandez et al., “Examination of the Link between Medication Adherence and Use of Mail-Order Pharmacies in Chronic Disease States,” Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy 22, no. 11 (November 2016): 1247–1259, accessed July 25, 2019, doi:10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.11.1247.
Disclaimers specific to this blog post: 
*Medicare members are not eligible for automatic refills. This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor to determine what is right for you.