The recent, sudden disruption of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliveries has caused concern about people receiving their medications later than they normally would. While news reports and statements by lawmakers indicate that many Americans have lost prescriptions in the mail or received them late, drug benefit and supply chain experts say the disruption to the most vulnerable patients served by specialty and mail order pharmacies should be minimal.
An Aug. 24 Axios-Ipsos poll indicates that disruptions in medication delivery have not been widespread so far. According to the poll, one in five Americans received medication through the mail during the preceding week. One in four of that group, or 5% of Americans overall, didn’t receive their medication or got it late.