Getting Refills of Drugs To Control Blood Sugar May Prevent Hospitalization

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If you are taking medications to control your blood sugars, you are less likely to be hospitalized if you refill your prescriptions, say researchers.

To determine this, Carolyn Jenkins, DrPH, and colleagues at the University of South Carolina tracked the number of times Medicaid recipients with diabetes taking at least one medication to lower their glucose levels used the emergency department (ED) or were hospitalized.

The study, which was presented at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in June, showed that the more often a patient got a refill of their medication, the less likely they were to check in to the ED or hospital.

Worth noting, 19 percent of those on glucose-lowering medications didn’t visit a doctor or health-care provider at all during the one-year study.

Jenkins suggests that continuing glucose-control medications could be cost-effective for Medicaid.

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