Poor adherence to medication regimens accounts for substantial worsening of disease, death, and increased health care costs. Of all medication-related hospital admissions in the United States, 33 to 69 percent are due to poor medication adherence, with a resultant cost of approximately $100 billion a year.1 Fortunately, research has found that early and frequent follow-up has a positive impact in helping patients take their medications as prescribed.2
Before writing a prescription, ask your patients about all of the medications they are taking. This includes medicine prescribed by other providers, over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. Explain that you need this information to make sure there are no unintended interactions.
When prescribing medication for your patients, it is essential to clearly communicate the importance of taking the medication as directed.