Nonadherence to medication presents a major obstacle to the achievement of positive patient outcomes. A 2008 Medco Health Solutions Inc report noted that 51% of insured Americans were taking at least 1 medication for a chronic condition, but that as many as half of patients do not take the medications as prescribed according to some estimates.1,2 In 2009, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation cited poor adherence as one of the “drug-related problems” responsible for up to 13% of total health care expenditures, or $290 billion annually in unnecessary costs.3
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- Traynor K. Poor medication adherence remains a problem. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists website. www.ashp.org/menu/News/PharmacyNews/NewsArticle.aspx?id=3798. Published November 1, 2012.
- Osterberg L, Blaschke T. Adherence to medication. N Engl J Med. 2005;353(5):487-497.
- New England Healthcare Institute. Thinking outside the pillbox: a system-wide approach to improving patient medication adherence for chronic disease. The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation website. www.nehi.net/writable/publication_files/file/pa_issue_brief_final.pdf. Published August 2009.
- Survey completed by The National Community Pharmacists Association, “National Adherence Survey: The Promise and Prospects of Medication Synchronization.” Full report: ncpanet.org/medsync