Medication compliance in the news

Prescription Drug Compliance a Significant Challenge for Many Patients, According to New National Survey - Harris Interactive; March 29, 2005
"One in three U.S. adults who have been prescribed drugs to take on a regular basis report that they are often or very often noncompliant with their treatment regimens for any number of reasons."

Survey shows low compliance with prescription medicines - Drug Store News; December 15, 2006
"Almost three-quarters of consumers do not take prescription medicines as directed, according to a new survey by the National Community Pharmacists Association and Pharmacists for the Protection of Patient Care."

Keeping Up with Medication Dosage and Frequency is Vital to Your Health -; Winter 2005
"The patient had been diagnosed with hyperlipidemia, or high cholesterol. The doctor prescribed a statin, a lipid lowering drug. After taking the drug for a while, the patient's cholesterol level came down. He stopped taking his medication. The patient later began to experience shortness of breath when exercising and some pressure in his chest. Subsequently, he experienced chest pain and had to have open-heart surgery. This patient was former President Bill Clinton."

A Systematic Approach to Preventing Medication Errors - U.S. Pharmacist; June 2003
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) states that some of the most common medical errors are related to medication delivery. Furthermore, a poll of 1,500 adults conducted by the National Patient Safety Foundation found that one in three Americans has been affected by serious medical mistakes. Of those, 28% are related to a medication error.

Medication awareness key to catching errors: study - University of Toronto; February 28, 2005
Patients taking a high number of prescription medications who are then unexpectedly admitted to hospital face a medication error rate of more than 50 per cent with their existing medications, one-third of which could result in more serious complications, says a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

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