The Quiet Epidemic of Medication Non-adherence


by Ryan Betcher June 29, 2017

The United States has an epidemic that affects more Americans than any disease. According to a New York Times article, “it’s called non-adherence to prescribed medications, and it is – potentially, at least – 100 percent preventable by the very individual it afflicts.” This information is staggering because taking pill should be automatic but with our busy lives, we forget to take our prescribed medications or feel it is not necessary anymore. (This is the core problem in not adhering to our medications.)

The article states that “studies have consistently shown that 20 percent to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled and that approximately 50 percent of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed.” The prevalence of not taking medication properly, especially for those with a chronic disease can cause them to be admitted to a hospital and some instances, medication nonadherence is fatal. By not taking their prescribed medication, it “…is estimated to cause approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10 percent of hospitalizations…” per year.

This is a tough pill to swallow but as the article states, this issue can be prevented if people take their medication properly.  

Hourbands, the simple medication reminder will help show people when they took their pill and when they need to take it next. It is simple as it slides on to your pill bottle with the indication from the “next” buckle to show when to take your medication, intuitive as taking a pill, and inexpensive enough for those who need to take their medication properly.




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