Adherence to non-vitamin-K-antagonist oral anticoagulant medications based on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance measure Article

Full Text via DOI: 10.1185/03007995.2015.1096242 PMID: 26393483 Web of Science: 000365323800002
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Cited authors

  • McHorney, Colleen A.; Crivera, Concetta; Laliberte, Francois; Nelson, Winnie W.; Germain, Guillaume; Bookhart, Brahim; Martin, Silas; Schein, Jeffrey; Lefebvre, Patrick; Deitelzweig, Steven


  • Background:CMS Star Ratings help inform beneficiaries about the performance of health and drug plans. Medication adherence is currently weighted at nearly half of a Part D plan's Star Ratings. Including the adherence to non-vitamin-K-antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) as a measure in the Star Ratings program may increase a plan's incentives to improve patient adherence.Objective:To assess the adherence to medication of patients who used the NOACs rivaroxaban, dabigatran, or apixaban in 2014 based on the Pharmacy Quality Alliance (PQA) adherence measure.Methods:Healthcare claims from the Humana database between July 2013 and December 2014 were analyzed. Adult patients with 2 dispensings of NOAC agents in 2014, at least 180 days apart, with >60 days of supply, and 180 days of continuous enrollment prior to the index NOAC were identified. The PQA measure was calculated as the percentage of patients who had a proportion of days covered (PDC) 0.8. Multivariate logistic regression analyses were also conducted adjusting for baseline confounders.Results:A total of 11,095 rivaroxaban, 6548 dabigatran, and 3532 apixaban users were identified. Based on the PQA adherence measure (PDC 0.8), a significantly higher proportion of rivaroxaban users (72.7%) was found to be adherent compared to dabigatran (67.2%: p<0.001) and apixaban (69.5%: p<0.001) users. Compared to apixaban users, the adjusted likelihood of being adherent was significantly higher for rivaroxaban users (unadjusted OR [95% CI]: 1.17 [1.08-1.27], p<0.001; adjusted OR [95% CI]: 1.20 (1.10-1.31), p<0.001) and significantly lower for dabigatran users (unadjusted OR [95% CI]: 0.90 [0.82-0.98], p=0.019; adjusted OR [95% CI]: 0.85 [0.77-0.93], p<0.001).Limitations:Limitations of the study are potential inaccuracies in claims data, possible change in patterns over time, and the impossibility of knowing whether all supplied tablets were taken.Conclusion:Using the PQA's adherence measure, rivaroxaban users were found to have significantly higher adherence compared to apixaban and dabigatran users.

Publication date

  • 2015

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0300-7995

Start page

  • 2167

End page

  • 2173


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