Getting patients to take medication is no easy task

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted Nov. 7, 2011

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One in three prescriptions is never filled by patients, and even having a pill at home is hardly a guarantee it will be taken. In recent reporting, we explored the latest ways to encourage patients to be more compliant in taking medication. A common situation among older patients involves coping with several prescriptions at once. A Geriatric Consult column offered advice geared to that population. Other coverage presented clinical journal guidance on another situation with special compliance issues -- patients who are depressed.

Tactics to improve drug compliance

After a drug is developed, approved and prescribed, the patient should take the medicine, but it isn't that easy. These strategies can help. Read more

Polypharmacy raises risks of side effects, skipped pills

Geriatric Consult: Elderly patients often juggle three or more medications, often prescribed by different doctors. Read column

Depressed patients with chronic illnesses less likely to take medications

Noncompliance is a clue that depression could be the cause, a study finds. Read more

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