So you are upset about what we spend on prescription drugs …

… better ask why so many patients are noncompliant. 

The press and social media are awash in stories about the cost of this or that prescription drug and we know that the aggregate cost of drugs is a primary driver of health insurance premiums. But guess what? The price of a given drug probably is not our main concern.  

Just as an expensive drug can save a small fortune in health care costs, the misuse and waste of drugs can add tremendously to costs in many ways and, of course, contributes to higher premiums as well. 

😱 In the United States, some 3.8 billion prescriptions are written every year, yet over 50% of them are taken incorrectly or not at all.

😱 In a survey of 1000 patients, nearly 75% admitted to not always taking their medications as directed.

😰 A study of over 75,000 commercially insured patients found that 30% failed to fill a new prescription, and new prescriptions for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol were not filled 20%-22% of the time.

😰 Even among chronically ill patients who regularly fill their prescriptions, only about half the doses taken are taken as their physicians intend.

😰 Poor compliance accounts for 33%-69% of drug-related adverse events that result in hospital admissions.

😰 Poor compliance with medication regimens is associated with up to 40% of nursing home admissions.

😰 In a study of over 8400 senior health plan enrollees, only 1 in 3 of those who began treatment with concurrent antihypertensive and lipid-lowering drugs were taking both medications as directed or at all at 6 months.

😰 In a study of over 240,000 patients who were given a new prescription for an antidepressant, less than 30% were still taking the medication 6 months later.

Read more about this at the link below. 

Source: Why Are So Many Patients Noncompliant?


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