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Why Medication Adherence Matters

10 August, 2015

According to the National Institutes of Health1, medication adherence is the compliance of a patient with the provider’s instructions regarding the proper timing, frequency, and dosage of a medicine. Poor medication adherence is a major global medical problem. According to the National Institutes of Health1, types of non-compliance include:

Impact in the U.S.

  • Up to 50% of prescribed medications are taken incorrectly or not at all. 2
  • 125,000 early deaths per year attributed to poor medication adherence.3
  • Patient non-compliance results in over $200 billion in direct annual costs. 4
  • One- to two-thirds of hospital admissions for adverse drug events are caused by poor compliance.3
  • Up to 40% of nursing home admissions are due to medication non-adherence. 5
  • A child is medicated incorrectly every eight minutes. 6
  • Older adults are at an increased risk due to many factors including impaired motor skills, poor eyesight, and cognitive issues.

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1 Factors affecting therapeutic compliance: A review from the patient’s perspective, 2008, Jing Jin, Grant Edward Sklar, Vernon Min Sen Oh, and Shu Chuen Li.

2 Lack of Medication Adherence Harms American’s Health, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and Public Opinion Strategies, Centers for Disease Control, May 2nd, 2013

3 Adherence to Medication, Osterberg L, Blaschke T, 2005

4 Press Release, IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, 2005

5 Impact of Fixed-Dose Combination Drugs on Adherence to Prescription Medications, Pan F, Chernew M, Fendrick AM

6 Out-of-Hospital Medicatio Errors Among Young Children in the U.S., Smith MD, Spiller HA, Casavant MJ, Chounthirath T, Brophy TJ, Xiang H

Corporate, Whitepaper