ROCKVILLE, Md. and SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DrFirst, the market leader in delivering intelligent medication management solutions that improve patient safety, announces its partnership with GoodRx, a leading drug price transparency platform, to help patients save money on their prescription drugs.
Prescription drug prices can vary widely between pharmacies. GoodRx's proprietary technology compares prices and provides access to discounts for nearly all prescription drugs, at more than 70,000 retail pharmacies in the United States.
As co-pays rise and the number of drugs included on health plans' "preferred" lists continues to shrink, consumers face a growing prescription drug burden. Twenty six percent of Americans taking prescription drugs report difficulty affording them, (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2016), leading to adherence issues and poor patient outcomes such as avoidable emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Medication non-adherence costs the United States approximately $300 billion per year, according to the Network for Excellence in Healthcare Innovation (NEHI).
"Providers are very concerned that their patients receive the best care," said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst. "Our partnership with GoodRx gives doctors and patients access to prescription price transparency and discounts – reducing the impact of cost on medication adherence."
"Most Americans assume that drug prices are regulated or fixed," said Doug Hirsch, co-founder and co-CEO of GoodRx. "That's simply not true. Prices vary wildly in drugstores that are literally across the street from each other. The skyrocketing cost of drugs is a primary reason why patients don't fill their prescriptions. Our goal is to serve as a consumer's advocate, providing them with the knowledge they need to make better choices when filling their prescriptions."
DrFirst, the nation's leading provider of medication management solutions, enables stakeholders across the healthcare industry to intelligently utilize comprehensive real-time data and connectivity to increase their patient safety ratings, efficiency and profitability. Today, over 170,000 healthcare professionals and over 60% of Electronic Health Record vendors, depend on DrFirst's innovative software solutions to improve clinical workflows, expedite secure collaboration across a patient's care team and drive better health outcomes. The company's integrated technologies include its award-winning electronic prescribing platform, the most comprehensive medication history available, clinically specialized secure messaging, as well as patient medication adherence monitoring and benefits checking. In addition, DrFirst was the first to offer e-prescribing for controlled substances (EPCS), and is considered the industry standard for providers nationwide. For more information, please visit www.drfirst.com or connect with us @DrFirst.
Every day, GoodRx brings millions of Americans the lowest possible prices for prescription drugs. The company's proprietary market-intelligence technology evaluates available pricing at more than 70,000 pharmacies to bring customers up to 80% savings on their prescriptions; since 2011, Americans have saved more than $2 billion using GoodRx services. With GoodRx, Americans can finally compare prices and locations to find the best place to fill their prescriptions. The company's products, including the #1 medical app in the App Store, are free and available to all Americans, insured or not. For more information, visit www.GoodRx.com.
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