In our weekly Trends that Matter series, we provide engaging infographics from healthcare influencers to highlight general trends affecting the pharmaceutical industry. This week's featured pharma trend is drug compliance. Research on drug adherence reveals many patients do not consistently take their medications as instructed. Non-compliance is a significant challenge in the healthcare industry, leading to complications in patient conditions and increased care costs.
Among individuals with chronic conditions, the potential health risks from poor compliance are greater. According to the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE):
"Of special concern to the public health community is poor adherence among people aged 65 and over, who tend to have more long-term, chronic illnesses- such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease- and therefore, take more different medications as they age."
In addition, non-compliance may result in increased medical expenses through hospital and nursing home admissions. The NCPIE reports, "the total direct and indirect costs to U.S. society from prescription drug non-adherence are about $177 billion annually."
View SCIO Health’s infographic, pictured below to learn more about trends in medication compliance and the impact on care.
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