Hibbing Daily Tribune: For Medication, Following Directions Counts

By: Cole Perry, Hibbing Daily Tribune, April 26, 2017

It happens all the time. You feel sick, you go to the doctor, they prescribe a medicine. A few days later, feeling better, you decide you don’t need the medication any longer and you stop taking it.

“Studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” reads a recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine, an academic medical journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Unfortunately, this lack of adherence can have deadly and expensive consequences. Read more here.