It’s often referred to as the nation’s “other drug problem.”
A surprisingly large number of people who are prescribed a medicine — including for a
chronic illness — do not take it as directed by their doctor or pharmacist.
Some people never fill the prescription.
Some quit taking a drug before they are supposed to. Others forget to take doses. And some people take much less or more of a medicine than they should.
This lack of “adherence” or “compliance” — as doctors refer to it — is a substantial
medical problem of its own. It causes unnecessary hospitalizations and suffering, hundreds of thousands of premature deaths per year, and tens of billions of dollars in preventable health care costs.
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Before you stop taking your prescribed medications, talk it over with you doctor or pharmacist.
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