For all the dizzying talk of repeal versus repair, one of the greatest cost drivers in healthcare is still hiding in plain sight. It’s called medication nonadherence: the simple fact that people often don’t take their medicines as prescribed. Medications cost the healthcare system approximately $325 billion annually, and research indicates that suboptimal medication use—including taking too much or not taking enough—leads to avoidable annual healthcare costs totaling $300 billion. People who don’t take their medicines are more likely to end up back in the hospital or in the emergency room than those who do. The Prescriptions for a Healthy America partnership and Duke University’s Medication Adherence Alliance are advancing four priorities for addressing this national public health issue:
· Change The Law To Create Better Incentives
· Update Laws To Improve Information Sharing
· Building Off Better Information And Incentives, We Need Better Integration
· Leverage New And Better Technologies
For too long the U.S. has missed the opportunity to lower costs and improve outcomes via medication adherence solutions. It’s time to come together and get to work on making this worthwhile cause a national priority.