|A doctor writes a prescription. He or she dictates how much medication should be taken, how often and for how long. But according to RX Canada, up to 50 percent of Canadians are not following these important instructions.In addition to the adverse effects non-adherence has on patients—including a decline in wellness, potential medical complications and reduced outcomes—the Canadian Pharmacists Association estimates this problem costs our healthcare system billions of dollars each year! For a list of simple medication-management tips you can share with your patients to promote adherence, keep reading.|
Improve medication adherence
According to Statistics Canada, 41 percent of Canadians between the ages of 6 and 79 take at least one prescription medication, and 30 percent of Canadians between 65 and 79-years old take five or more. Help them take their meds consistently and wisely with these simple tips:
We all know a medication is only good if it is filled and properly taken. Help your patients become adherent and healthy—better outcomes await!
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