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In Reply.— Merck strongly supports programs
that enhance compliance with medication regimens prescribed by a health care
professional and dispensed by a pharmacist. The intended benefits of prescription
medications generally can only be achieved when the medication is taken as
Dr Hirsch suggests that the true motivation behind Merck's support for
the compliance program is primarily financial gain. To support this point,
he references another program that encouraged switching of patients from one
prescription drug to another. The Merck-sponsored program referred to by Hirsch
is not a switch program, but rather a compliance program for those patients
for whom Hirsch has prescribed Zocor.
Sherwood LM. Merck-Sponsored Simvastatin (Zocor) Compliance Program for Patients Using Wal-Mart Pharmacy: Of Benefit to Whom?—Reply. JAMA. 1998;279(23):1875–1876. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-23-jbk0617
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