Non-adherence costs $290 billion

imagesNon-adherence can threaten patients’ health individually as well as add vast costs to the health care system – an estimated $290 billion annually.  A research report by Langer Research Associates tries to shed some light on why patients don’t take their medications, but frankly, I have a hard time believing that the top reason is “I forgot”. Continue reading

Is it time for big pharma to get serious about adherence ?

Patients who adhere to their medication regi- mens enjoy better health outcomes and make less use of urgent care and inpatient hospital services, compared to patients with similar medi- cal conditions who are not adherent. Yet average medication compliance rates in developed countries of just 50 percent.  With so many drugs coming off patent is it time for pharma to really tackle adherence ? Continue reading