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Research Letter
December 14, 2020

Health Needs and Functional Disability Among Mail-Order Pharmacy Users in the US

Author Affiliations
  • 1Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2City University of New York at Hunter College, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2021;181(4):554-556. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.7254

Widening deficits for the US Postal Service have led to operational changes that have delayed deliveries.1 Many Americans, particularly elderly individuals,2 rely on mail-delivered medications, raising concerns that delays could have medical repercussions.

To assess the role of mail-delivered prescription medications, we analyzed the 2018 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a nationally representative survey of the noninstitutionalized US population. The MEPS asks respondents about all new and refill prescriptions, including the types of pharmacies (eg, drugstore, another store, clinic/hospital, online, mail order) used during the survey round (covering 4-5 months).

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