For taking meds, many don't make grade
Do you follow all of your doctor's orders when it comes to taking prescribed medications? If you're like most people, the answer is "no."
On average, Americans 40 and older with a chronic medical condition get only a C+ in proper medication adherence, according to a survey from the National Community Pharmacists Association. One-third of respondents received a D or an F. Only 24 percent said they did everything correctly and got an A.
The grades were based on several categories: failing to fill or refill a prescription, missing a dose or taking a higher or lower dose, taking an old medication for a new problem without consulting a doctor, taking someone else's medicine, stopping a prescription early and forgetting to take a medication.
The pharmacists association noted that taking medications improperly not only potentially harms patients, it adds an estimated $290 billion a year in health care costs.