Methods: This retrospective cohort study identified eligible patients from 2014-2015. The UTMC Ryan White Clinic has an in-clinic outpatient pharmacy (ON-Rx) serving clinic patients. The primary endpoint was achievement of VL < 40 copies/mL at the final VL measurement during 2015. Secondary endpoints included utilization of healthcare services and retention in care.
Results: 527 and 148 patients utilized an OFF-Rx or ON-Rx for their prescription medications, receptively. Differences in baseline characteristics were observed for median age (ON-Rx 50 years vs. OFF-Rx 46 years), income bracket, and medical insurance between the treatment groups (all p < 0.001). Patients using the ON-Rx were more likely to have VL suppression, maintain 2 clinic visits, and obtain 2 VL labs and 2 CD4 tests (figure 1). There was no difference in the rate of sexually transmitted infection screening (syphilis 96.6% vs 95.4%, gonorrhea 69.6% vs. 67.9%, chlamydia 69.6% vs. 68.1%; all p > 0.05), cervical cancer screening (41.7% vs 50.4%, p = .357), or utilization of other healthcare services (table 1) for the ON-Rx versus OFF-Rx groups, respectively.
Conclusion: Patients utilizing an ON-Rx had increased rates of VL suppression and retention in care, which are key components in the HIV Care Cascade.
E. Sahloff, None
L. Eitniear, None
R. Jung, None