Prescribing for women patients is less likely to follow guidelines than prescribing for their male counterparts

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2560
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Women with diabetes and cardiovascular disease are less likely than men to be prescribed treatment recommended by guidelines, and they are less likely to be adherent to what is prescribed, according to an analysis of a prescription database of 30 million adult US citizens.

The analysis was drawn from the 16 million women and 13.5 million men in the Medco Health Solutions prescription database of drugs filled for the calendar year 2010. It was presented as a poster at the Women’s Health annual conference in Washington, DC.

The study found that on average women are prescribed more drugs than …

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