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Monday, February 8, 2010

New Study Finds Specialized Support Programs Can Increase Treatment Adherence and Persistence, Reduce Relapses for People with Multiple Sclerosis

  • Study Patients Also Reported Improved Ability to Manage Their Health
  • Support Programs May Yield Cost Savings

Press Release Source: UnitedHealth Group On Monday February 8, 2010, 10:00 am EST

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new study reveals that multiple sclerosis (MS) patients enrolled in a seven-month disease therapy management (DTM) program show greater adherence to injectable MS medications and treatment persistence than patients who receive injectable MS medications through a community pharmacy.

In addition, the percentage of DTM patients who reported an MS relapse decreased by more than a third at the end of the program. These findings provide important insights into the benefits that DTM programs provide in helping patients better manage their health, while also yielding potential cost savings.

The study, published today in the American Journal of Managed Care, was conducted by Prescription Solutions, a leading pharmacy benefits management organization and a UnitedHealth Group company.

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