Prescription Non-Compliance A Serious Problem for Adults with Disabilities

Over two-thirds of the 28 million adults who are disabled have been prescribed one or more medications. While over 85% of this group indicated that they always use their medications as prescribed, four million disabled adults said they did not. Researchers J. Kennedy and C. Erb found that disabled adults without insurance were nearly four times more likely than those with private insurance to report medication noncompliance due to cost. Writing in the American Journal of Public Health (July 2002), they note that most of the disabled adults who were noncompliant due to cost “would not be helped by any of the current proposals to expand Medicare drug coverage."