The numbers are struy shocking. For example, 2015 studies show that 25%-35% of prescriptions never even get filled. Furthermore, 50% of prescriptions for chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, are not taken as directed.
This was reported from a review in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Again, men and women take less than Fifty Percent of the doses. The problem, the reports authors wrote, is estimated to cause over 110 Thousand annual U.S. deaths. Furthermore, at least 11% of all hospitalization and ER trips. Finally, the cost the American health care system bis over $250 billion a year.
The US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said this: “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” This is one of the reasons is to why new drugs that perform spectacularly well in studies, The study author said, “when patients are monitored to be sure they follow doctors”. However, users fail to measure up once the drug hits the commercial market. Hence the need for an automatic pill dispenser with alarms and timer .
- “When people don’t take the medications prescribed for them, emergency department visits and hospitalizations increase and more people die,” said Bruce Bender, co-director of the Center for Health Promotion at National Jewish Health in Denver. “Non-adherence is a gigantic issue. Again, no ‘1″ fix all solution. The reason, so many different reasons why mistakes happen.
The study gives insight into the problem
Most important, it explains why medications don’t work up to expectation in so many patients. In fact, many simply don’t get better. There may be a surprise relapses or even death. Needless to say, when they are given prescriptions that keep them alive.
You may not believe this. In fact, a full 35% of kidney transplant patients are not taking the anti-rejection pills. To illustrate, over 40% of heart attack patients don’t take high blood pressure medications. Finally, 50% of children with asthma either don’t use their inhalers consistently.
“When people don’t take the medications prescribed for them, emergency department visits and hospitalizations increase and more people die,” said Bruce Bender, co-director of the Center for Health Promotion at National Jewish Health in Denver. “Non adherence is a huge problem. Furthermore, there’s no one solution because there are many different reasons why it happens.”