Intelecare

10 Nov: The hidden costs of forgetting to take your meds

We’ve written a lot here about the dangers of taking drugs without a prescription, of doctor shopping, of accidental overdoses and unanticipated drug interactions, and of forgoing needed medications to save money. But one thing we haven’t written about is medication non-adherence — the problem of people simply forgetting to take their meds. It’s a more widespread, and serious, issue than you might have imagined. According to Intelecare, one out of every two patients fails to follow physician instructions. When patients are asked why, 84 percent cite forgetfulness as the main reason for their non-adherence. And check out these numbers: 1 out of 8 heart attack patients stops taking life-saving drugs after just 1 month 31 percent of all prescriptions…