For Immediate Release
February 2008 AJPH Press Release
American Journal of Public Health Highlights:
Poor and uninsured less likely than wealthy and insured to receive free prescription drug samples
In this first population-based study to evaluate free drug-sample distribution, researchers analyzed data from the 2003 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to examine characteristics of free drug sample recipients. Twelve percent of participants had received at least one free sample in 2003, and nearly 19 percent of those filling prescriptions in 2003 received at least one drug as a free sample. Of those receiving a free sample, 82.1 percent were insured all year, and only 17.9 percent of sample recipients were uninsured for all or part of the year. Similarly, the poor were the least likely to receive free samples, whereas individuals in the highest income category were the most likely to receive free samples.
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