Medication Adherence: What it is and Why it Matters

When patients receive a prescription from a responsible physician, they get the medicine in the strength and on the dosage schedule required for optimal treatment. However, unless patients are in the hospital and taking medication under watch, whether they adhere to pharmaceutical treatment is up to them.

Those who don’t adhere — willfully or otherwise — frequently experience negative health outcomes. The condition the medication is prescribed to treat often becomes more severe. It seems that every patient whose health relies on medication would be careful to avoid a negative outcome by practicing medication adherence. But statistics from health authorities show non-adherence is more pervasive than some think.

According to a recent report from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), “Nonadherence to medications is estimated to cause 125,000 deaths annually [in the U.S.]… Overall, about 20% to 50% of patients are nonadherent to medical therapy”.

The situation is stressful for patients, as well as their doctors. In all but the most critical health situations, physicians don’t “force feed” medications. In most cases, the most they can do is hope patients who waver in and out of adherence — or who are non-adherent from the start — adopt a new philosophy of self-care, one that involves medication adherence to improve health.

Reasons for Non-Adherence

Reasons for medication non-adherence range from how patients personally feel about taking pharmaceuticals to group traits that apply to the non-adherent patient population at large. According to the ACPM, some of the most common reasons for medication non-adherence are:

  • Limited English language proficiency
  • High drug costs, copayments, or both
  • Severity of prescription side effects
  • Complex medication regimen
  • Lack of knowledge about the health problem

These are just a few of the many predictors of non-compliance, but they reveal an important characteristic of all non-compliance predictors: Some factors can be addressed by solutions from parties in the healthcare process, while other factors must be addressed by patients.

For example, patients must decide if they can afford a medication, and whether they can tolerate bothersome side effects. However, complex medication regimens and a lack of knowledge can be addressed with simple blister packaging.

At Drug Package, LLC we specialize in providing these solutions and others to promote medication adherence that benefits the health of patients and the bottom line of medication providers. Our solutions are designed with you and your customers in mind to support good health outcomes.

About Our Company

Drug Package, LLC has over 136 years of experience in supplying pharmacies, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and doctor offices with innovative packaging, cutting edge labeling technology, custom printed products, and more. All of our medication-related solutions can be customized to promote medication adherence, while maintaining the integrity of your brand and business.

To inquire about our products and services that support medication adherence, please call us today at (800) 625-6137, or use our contact form to send us an email. We look forward to serving you!

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