Campaign Reminds Patients to Take Their Meds

A new national campaign sponsored in part by the pharmaceutical industry is trying to raise awareness about the importance of taking medications exactly as prescribed by doctors. Half of the 3.2 billion prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. every year are not taken properly , according to a study by the National Consumer’s League, leading to increased hospital visits, decreased quality of life for patients, and higher health care costs. Prescription non-adherence ranges from failing to fill prescriptions to reducing the dosage or frequency of a medication.  Script Your Future is a public awareness campaign focusing on patients with one of three chronic conditions: diabetes, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases. “While chronic disease cannot be cured, it can be controlled and the complications of the diseases can be prevented,” Dr. Glenna Trochet Sacramento County’s Public Health Officer said at the event.

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