A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology suggests dermatologists should discuss with patients any concerns about medication costs and insurance coverage.
According to the study, a clear majority of patients who opt not to follow their acne medication regiment want to use the drugs, but are mum to their physicians about being unable to eat the costs.
Roughly one-third of acne prescriptions are left hanging at the pharmacy for up to three months, according to a Modern Medicine Network report. Most physicians stay in the dark about patients not starting their treatments because few patients discuss the issue.
“Despite anticipating insufficient insurance coverage, patients were reluctant to address concerns with physicians and generally did not expect physicians to be knowledgeable in this area,” University of Pennsylvania’s Jules Lipoff said. “Patients who discuss medication costs and provide a concrete alternative plan may be able to improve primary adherence among their patients.”