By: Sloane Salzburg, Medpage Today, 3/15/18
It's the $300 billion healthcare crisis you've never heard of: medication nonadherence. This occurs when a patient fails to take a medication according to the prescribed dosage, time, frequency, and direction. The reasons for nonadherence are myriad, but at the end of the day, it is an entirely preventable problem with deadly consequences.
Poor medication adherence claims an estimated 125,000 lives a year. To put those numbers in perspective, that is nearly three times the number of fatalities attributed to the opioid epidemic in 2016 – all for a health crisis that receives a fraction of those resources or attention.
While Washington has too often dithered on real solutions to incentivize proper medication use, innovators throughout the rest of the country are finding what works -- and, finally, there are signs that lawmakers are taking notice. Read more >>