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Are we “Unraveling Why Patients Don’t Take Their Meds?”

Posted on : 29-09-2010 | By : iPatchman | In : medication adherence

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A recent WSJ Health Blog post titled “Unraveling Why Patients Don’t Take Their Meds? argues that one reason patients stop taking their medications is the negative side effects they may experience. The post mentions some astonishing reasons for the lack of drug compliance. The blog mentioned that a recent study by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI), which brought together experts on patient medication adherence found that “there are many reasons besides side effects that patients don’t take their medicine: cost, the challenge of managing multiple prescriptions, cultural issues, forgetfulness and a reduced sense of urgency if they don’t feel any symptoms.” The article also mentioned that “an estimated one half to one-third of Americans don’t take their medications as prescribed by their doctors . . . contributing to about $290 billion a year in avoidable medical spending including excess hospitalizations.”

I find this quite amazing to believe. I agree that negative side effects may be the main reason patients stop their medications, but this, and the other reasons listed seem to be only dwarfed by