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Volume 10, Number 8—August 2004

Research

Pharmacy Data for Tuberculosis Surveillance and Assessment of Patient Management

Deborah S. Yokoe*Comments to Author , Steven W. Coon†, Rachel Dokholyan‡, Michael C. Iannuzzi†, Timothy F. Jones§, Sarah Meredith¶, Marisa Moore#, Lynelle Phillips**, Wayne Ray¶, Stephanie Schech††, Deborah Shatin††, and Richard Platt*†‡‡
Author affiliations: *Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; †Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan, USA; ‡Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; §Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; ¶Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA; #Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; **Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA; ††Center for Health Care Policy and Evaluation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; and; ‡‡HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Pharmacy-dispensing profiles of tuberculosis (TB) case-patients treated in the health plans and at least partially outside the health plan. Percentage of standard regimen dispensed is plotted against duration of dispensing anti-TB medications for the two groups. A cutoff value of ≥70 days of medication dispensed from health plan–reimbursed pharmacies identifies all but one of the health plan–treated TB case-patients.

Figure 2. Pharmacy-dispensing profiles of tuberculosis (TB) case-patients treated in the health plans and at least partially outside the health plan. Percentage of standard regimen dispensed is plotted against duration of dispensing anti-TB medications for the two groups. A cutoff value of ≥70 days of medication dispensed from health plan–reimbursed pharmacies identifies all but one of the health plan–treated TB case-patients.

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