Patients with coronary artery disease who took their medications as prescribed had better outcomes and saved from $294 to $868 each per year in health care costs, according to a CVS Caremark study conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers. Patients who adhered to their prescriptions also had fewer coronary artery-related events and readmissions and lower mortality, researchers report in The American Journal of Medicine. "Patients with chronic conditions are healthier when they adhere to their prescribed medication regimens, and as a result, the costs associated with their care are reduced," said CVS Caremark Chief Medical Officer Troyen Brennan.

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