There is an out-of-control epidemic in the United States that costs more and affects more people than any disease Americans currently worry about. It’s called non-adherence to prescribed medications, and it is 100% preventable by the very individuals it affects. The numbers are staggering. Studies have consistently shown that 20% to 30% of medication prescriptions are never filled and that approximately 50% of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop put it bluntly, “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.”