A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia has revealed that the majority of people with type 2 diabetes often buy their medicine cabinets from the wood medicine aisle of a specialty store, rather than the prescription aisle.
The study, which has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that people with the most frequent type 2DM tend to purchase their medicine cabinet from the specialty store in question, rather to the prescription.
“The main message from this study is that the people with these chronic conditions can’t find a health care provider who’s willing to treat them, and they have to go to the pharmacy to get it,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Keesler.
Keesler said that even though the study is focused on the overall health of the general population, the researchers hope to eventually study the health of people who are suffering from a particular type of type 2DDM.
For instance, the study examined a population of individuals who were diagnosed with type 1DM in 2015 and have since developed a chronic disease that has worsened with age, and therefore could be potentially associated with a reduced utilization of specialty medicine in the future.
The individuals were then randomly assigned to receive either a daily treatment or a continuous treatment, which was designed to mimic the overall pattern of care that people receive when they are hospitalized.
“Our results suggest that if we could increase the uptake of specialty care in the community, we could have a real impact on the incidence of this condition,” Keesleer said.
The findings were not surprising, said Keeslee, since people with chronic conditions tend to consume a lot of their medicine from the health care system.
However, the results of the study may not apply to people who have diabetes or have other chronic conditions that prevent them from having access to the health system.
“We need to look at the health status of these people, how they are using their medicine, and what they’re doing to reduce their health care costs,” she said.
“It’s a really important study, and it’s a good starting point for us to see if this can be done to help people.”Keesle