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Adherence Statistics

Adherence is the exception, not the rule. Regardless of gender, medical condition, ethnicity or age, fifty percent of all patients are non-adherent.

There is no shortage of groups and individuals thinking about and developing products to curb, in particular, the problem of medication non-adherence. The adherence situation has been studied for more than thirty years with thousands of research projects trying to identify the root cause, to no avail.

Universally Accepted Data
All the existing research agrees on one point: the enormously negative impact of medication non-adherence. Non-adherence costs the healthcare system over $300 billion annually, while contributing significantly to inferior treatment outcomes, adverse health effects, increased risk for complications as well as a multitude of diseases and conditions.

Just consider some of the facts that are attributed to non-adherence:

  • 1 out of 8 heart attack patients stops taking life saving drugs after just 1 month
  • 31% of all prescriptions are not filled the first time
  • 15% of all hospital visits ($47 billion/annually) are due to medication non-adherence
  • 125,000 deaths annually are the result of non-adherence
  • Ineffective treatment outcomes
  • Higher healthcare costs
  • Lower employee productivity
  • Stronger/adaptable viruses

Simply put...non-adherence is America's biggest drug problem.

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Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan
Author: National Council on Patient Information and Education
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1 out of every 2 patients does not take, refill, or check vital statistics as instructed by their physician.

84% cite forgetfulness as the main reason.