LinkPad: Rx Adherence, Good for Your Health and Your Wallet

Did you know that 2/3 of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed? The implications of medication non-adherence could be devastating for patient health and the effects on the overall health care system. This week, we’re bringing together the latest chatter on this critical health and cost issue.

  • PhRMA’s Conversations forum asked, “A recent study found that nearly two-thirds of Americans do not adhere to their medicines as prescribed. How do we address this challenge?” Check out responses from representatives from the Council for Affordable Health Coverage, Association of Black Cardiologists, National Consumers League, and GlaxoSmithKline.
  • A new study by the University of Washington’s School of Medicine highlights the importance of health literacy in improving medication adherence.
  • PharmaPhorum featured fellow LillyPad contributor Greg Kueterman on the importance of patient adherence for health and cost savings.
  • FierceMobileHealth highlighted ways that patients can take their health into their own hands—sometimes literally—through mobile health options.

The statistics surrounding non-adherence present challenges to the sustainability of our health care system. Improving patient adherence requires collaboration throughout the health industry, and we look forward to continuing to join with others to face this challenge head on.