Our Vice President of Pharmacy Affairs, Papatya Tankut, R.Ph., weighs in on the challenge of getting people to take their medicines as prescribed and shares some tips to help patients remain adherent to their medication.
Medication non-adherence – when people don’t take their medications as prescribed – is a growing public health challenge in the U.S., taking tens of thousands of lives and costing the health care system nearly $300 billion each year. But taking medications as prescribed can be difficult, especially if someone has multiple prescriptions for a chronic condition. In fact, there are many reasons why people don’t adhere: Some simply forget, others are put off by the cost of their medications, and many just don’t understand how much to take or when to take it.
However, there is a lot we can do to improve patient outcomes and reduce the pressure on our already strained health care system. Here are some simple tips for overcoming the most common obstacles to taking medications as prescribed so people can feel better, live healthier and help to avoid unnecessary costs to the health care system: