Journal article

Persistency rates for prostaglandin and other hypotensive eyedrops: population-based study using pharmacy claims data

Julian L Rait Franzco, Michael A Adena

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPHTHALMOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Effective management of ocular hypertension requires patients to be persistent with their treatment regimen. We evaluated patients' persistency with hypotensive eyedrops commonly used to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. METHODS: This large, population-based, retrospective, cohort study used pharmacy claims data for concessional patients from the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (July 1999-June 2005). Resupply rates for prostaglandins, beta-blockers, alpha-agonists and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors were analysed using life tables and Cox regression. Two populations, based on patients' supply histories, were examined: (i) 'new to this eyedrop'- patients who had used..

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