The Trump administration made changes to the US Postal Service in July that could determine whether you receive your mail-order drugs on time. Since then, the changes are on hold. The Kaiser Family Foundation reports on how changes to the Postal Service delivery terms could affect our personal health, as well as the health of the nation–if mail-in ballots are not received in time to be counted in the November election.
With COVID-19, more people appear to be relying on mail-oder prescriptions. It can be less costly and simpler to get prescriptions filled through the mail. Not surprisingly, over seven million people with Medicare Part D, more than one in six people, (17 percent) get at least one prescription drug through a mail-order pharmacy.
Interestingly, women more than men with Medicare Part D, buy their drugs through the mail.
People with Medicare Part D frequently buy cardiovascular agents, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, through the mail. Atorvastatin is one such drug. They also tend to buy drugs that treat chronic conditions such as hypothyroidism, through the mail.
In addition to the people who use mail-order to buy their drugs in the US, millions of Americans buy their drugs from abroad, in order to save money.
If the US Postal Service is not able to deliver people their drugs in a timely fashion, it could jeopardize their health. It would keep them from complying with their medication regimens.
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