Not taking medications as prescribed by a doctor especially for people with chronic diseases is dangerous to your health. Health professionals rely on medications to treat diseases and conditions, prevent further harm and improve the quality of life.
Many people do not realize the full potential of their medications and as a result they often fail to take some or all of the medications as prescribed which often jeopardizes their recovery.
Taking your medications exactly as prescribed is adherence.
Adherence is defined as, the extent to which the patient follows medical instructions
4 out 5 Adults take a Rx medications, over-the-counter medications and nutritional supplements.
Nearly 50% of the US population has one more chronic condition that requires medication.
84% of healthcare spending goes towards the treatment of chronic diseases.
70% of patients in the U.S. don’t take their medications as prescribed.
1 out 3 people never fill their prescriptions.
$317+ billion is what poor medication adherence costs the U.S. healthcare system each year.