THE REAL DRUG PROBLEM
Forgetting to Take Them
Misuse of Meds = $213B of Avoidable U.S. Healthcare Costs
The link between medication non-adherence and re-admission in hospitals and nursing homes has been well established. Medication non-compliance is as dangerous and costly as many illnesses.
It has been shown that the medication adherence of the average chronically-ill patient drops to 50% after one year and to less than 33% after three years on medications, resulting in devastating health outcomes and poor care efficiency.
Non-adherence causes 30-50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually in the US, leads to up to 25% of hospital and nursing home admissions, and is becoming an international epidemic.
Managing patients’ medication adherence and elevating it to satisfactory levels is critical for improving healthcare outcomes and lowering its costs.