Sticking to The Plan

It's simple in theory: Patients take their drugs on time and in the dosages prescribed by their physicians. However, in practice, medication non-adherence continues to be a serious problem in the United States, with a patient dying every 90 minutes due to an accidental overdose or missed dose of a prescription drug, according the Express Scripts 2013 Drug Trend Report. It's also costly for the U.S. health system: the United States wastes $317.4 billion annually on unnecessary medical costs that could be avoided by eliminating medication non-adherence, according the same report.

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