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The Doughnut Hole: It's About Medication Adherence

Christianne L. Roumie, MD, MPH
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From Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Geriatrics Research and Education Center, and Vanderbilt University Institute of Medicine and Public Health, Nashville, TN 37212.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-0779.

Requests for Single Reprints: Christianne L. Roumie, MD, MPH, Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1310 24th Avenue South, GRECC 4A120, Nashville, TN 37212; e-mail, christianne.roumie@vanderbilt.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(11):834-835. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-11-201206050-00010
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In this issue, Li and colleagues examined the association of the Medicare Part D coverage gap on prescription adherence. The editorialist discusses the study's findings, proposes a multifactorial approach to help patients identify and adopt low-cost alternatives to maintain adherence, and argues that government agencies must also be part of the solution to the effects of the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole.”

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