Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Full Coverage for Preventive Medications after Myocardial Infarction—New England Journal of Medicine

An Honorable Mention for the 18th Annual Health Care Research Award has been awarded to “Full Coverage for Preventive Medications after Myocardial Infarction” in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011. The paper looks into whether eliminating out-of-pocket costs would increase medication adherence after myocardial infarction and finds that the elimination of copayments did not significantly reduce rates of the trial's primary outcome. Additionally, enhanced prescription coverage improved adherence and rates of first major vascular events and decreased patient spending without increasing overall health costs.

Research team: Niteesh Choudhry, Jerry Avorn, Robert Glynn, Elliott Antman, Sebastian Schneeweiss, Michele Toscano, Lonny Reisman, Joaquim Fernandes, Claire Spettell, Joy Lee, Raisa Levin, Troyen Brennan, William Shrank