Do bureaucratic delays in Canada’s prescription drug plan increase mortality after coronary stenting?
Possibly, according to a study recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The authors attributed it to the red tape patients had to go through to get their Plavix filled following coronary stenting. It’s been known for quite a while that even a minor delay in getting the Plavix filled is associated with worse outcomes.
I’m thankful that here in the U.S. I don’t have to send paperwork to Washington (or Little Rock) when I prescribe Plavix for patients.