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56% of patients don’t follow prescription
San Francisco Chronicle

It might take more than a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down for many Americans. In a survey of more than 1,000 adult patients who are on prescription medication for chronic illnesses, 40 percent say they haven’t followed doctor’s instructions or have skipped taking their meds at least once in the past year. More than a quarter said they’ve stopped taking medications altogether or never even filled a prescription. It’s a problem known as medication nonadherence and is linked to 125,000 deaths in the United States each year.

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