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Reduced Out-Of-Pocket Expenses Can Improve Medication Adherence For Chronic Conditions
Poor medication adherence is a common problem with serious health consequences. Studies show that up to 30 percent of prescriptions are never filled, and about 50 percent of medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed. Lack of adherence leads to approximately 125,000 deaths annually and is estimated to cost the U.S. health care system up to $289 billion. Some interventions could improve adherence.
Antibiotic Compliance: A Bitter Pill to Swallow
Patient noncompliance — that is, taking medications incorrectly — is the number-one reason that antibiotics fail. Worse, misusing antibiotics helps create bacteria that resist treatment. Even patients with good intentions can become noncompliant. In a 2009 study from Spain’s University Rovira i Virgili, only 55.1 percent of the patients taking antibiotics thrice daily finished at least 80 percent of their medication, mostly because they forgot their afternoon dose. In the study, patients taking antibiotics once a day showed a higher compliance rate at 86.7 percent.