A recent analysis conducted by GoodRx suggests income, for some drugs, is a strong indicator of how often someone is filling their prescriptions, according to a report published on the New York Times.
According to the report, patients in more affluent neighborhoods were more likely to fill prescriptions for lifestyle problems such as erectile dysfunction, baldness and Botox injections. Wealthier patients were also much more likely to purchase medicine for some serious conditions, including mental health disorders.
The analysis, however, showed that income is not correlated to overall prescription use, and that there are a number of variables that influence drug purchases.
“There are definitely a bunch of financial barriers before you even get to the point of getting to fill a drug,” Vanderbilt University’s Stacie Dusetzina tells the Times.
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