Medication Adherence Challenges
Studies have shown as many as 700,000 Americans experience adverse reactions to prescription drugs each year. Nearly half of the 2 Billion prescriptions filled each year are not taken correctly. As much as 40% of patients do not adhere to their medication regimen. This results in 3.5 million hospitalizations each year, and an estimated $290 Billion in lost pharmaceutical revenue. Experience has taught us that adhering to a treatment regimen can be confusing, time-consuming, and costly. We also know that factors such as health literacy, cultural beliefs, patient buy-in, and lifestyle play a critical role in adherence and are often undervalued.