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A quarter of new prescriptions go unfilled, study finds
Los Angeles Times - Thomas H. Maugh II

More than a quarter of new prescriptions are unfilled, especially when the drugs are for symptomless conditions, researchers from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital have found. Physicians have long been concerned that many patients fill new prescriptions one time, then never get refills. But it has been impossible in the past to determine adherence to new prescriptions. The new study was made possible by the implementation of an electronic-prescribing initiative by two Massachusetts health plans.