This new data story allows all healthcare providers to consider, and improve upon, the quality of medicine supply to their patients. This is an important factor affecting adherence to treatment regimens.
Nationally, it is sobering to see that only 35% of European/Other New Zealanders prescribed metformin have a good medicine supply (11-12 months per year). This drops to only 27% for Māori and Pacific peoples. These data are confronting, especially when we consider that non-adherence to diabetes medicines is associated with increased hospitalisations and mortality.
We encourage GPs to sign up so they can log in to EPiC to view their own data.
If you don't have an EPiC account, you can still view the national medicine supply data story.
The EPiC Diabetes medicine supply data story groups patients who have had one or more dispensed medicine for type 2 diabetes by how many months they have been supplied a funded glucose-lowering medicine over a 12-month period.