Survey finds doctors concerned with medication adherence

2/11/2009

NEW YORK A survey of 700 doctors by healthcare information firm Epocrates finds that many Americans are failing to take their medications to save money.

Almost all of the doctors ­ 95% -- expressed concern that patients were not taking their medications as prescribed and also failing to have prescriptions filled or sharing medications with others. 

"These are challenging times for many Americans, and some people make the mistake of deciding needed medication is less important," Dr. Edison Tan said in a statement. "If patients have financial concerns they should speak with their physician about alternatives ­ there is a lot we can do to help."

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