February 8, 2011

Cost-Related Immunosuppressive Medication Nonadherence Among Kidney Transplant Recipients


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The cost of immunosuppressive medications can be a barrier to medication adherence post-transplant. In this survey of transplant centers in the United States, most centers reported that they had patients who had difficulty paying for their immunosuppressive medications. The effects of this included graft losses and deaths. This has important implications for insurance coverage post-transplant, and suggests a relatively simple way to improve long-term transplant outcomes.
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