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Why adherence is a sensitive issue

by Nicola Gray and Gianpiero Celino

Nicola Gray and Gianpiero Celino look at how pharmacists can help patients struggling with adherence to their medication

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Partial adherence to drug regimen

Between one-third and one half of medicines prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended. The consequences of this range from the inconvenient (eg, moderate pain) to the life-threatening (eg, graft rejection).

It is an extraordinary challenge to improve clinical outcomes and reduce this medicines wastage, but it is also an opportunity for pharmacists.

Although it is true that some prescriptions will not reach the pharmacy, the point of dispensing is a chance to make a difference.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10026101

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