Economic burden of medication non-compliance
It is well established that the healthcare system bears a tremendous financialstrain due to patient a lack of adherence to prescribed pharmacologictreatments. Commonly cited data include:
~$290 billion for avoidable medical treatment due to nonadherence
> $100 billion spent each year on avoidable hospitalizations
A fundamental driver of the high cost of nonadherence is the broad prevalenceof complicated and costly chronic diseases. Chronic disease treatmentrepresents 75% of US healthcare costs
. Over 50% of the U.S. population suffersfrom at least one chronic disease, with cardiovascular risk patients and diabetesparticularly burdensome.
Causes of non-compliance
Medication compliance is complicated due to the multiple and overlappingroot causes. Primary reasons vary among patients and may be intentional ornon-intentional. Patient population and disease state characteristics furthercomplicate understanding the drivers of nonadherence.