Nine out of 10 upstate New York adults believe that taking medications as prescribed is “very important” or “extremely important,” yet four out of 10 missed one or more doses of medications they were prescribed, according to a survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
According to a 2019 survey of upstate New York adults commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, 9 out of 10 upstate New York adults believe that taking medications as prescribed is “very important” or “extremely important”, yet 4 out of 10 do not take their medication as prescribed.
It may seem like a small misstep to not take medication correctly, but the repercussions of not taking medication as directed can be severe. Taking your medication as directed helps you avoid illness and hospital stays.
Although everyone who is on a medication should take it exactly how it is prescribed to them there are reasons for poor adherence.
If you have trouble taking your medication as directed, determine the reason(s) why. Talk with your health care provider or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medications. He or she can help you find solutions.
When medications are taken as directed; health outcomes are improved, chronic conditions are successfully managed, precious health care dollars are used effectively and lives are saved.