Patient Adherence

Patient adherence can best be defined as a patient taking their medications according to the prescribed dosage, time, frequency and direction.

A growing body of evidence suggests that medication adherence programs have the potential to greatly reduce health spending and generate significant savings for taxpayers in the process.

According to the World Health Organisation one of the factors that contributes to poor adherence is a lack of knowledge, as patients often misunderstand treatment instructions.

Pharmaceutical packaging therefore plays an incredibly important role, given the information it provides that helps patients abide by the proper dosing schedule. Essentra’s range of packaging solutions are designed to aid patient adherence, through the clear display of information and the ease of use of.

Facts and figures:

  • Research shows that patients not taking their medicines properly costs the UK’s National Health Service £500 million a year
  • Approximately 50% of patients with chronic diseases in developed countries do not take medicines as prescribed
  • In 2009, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation cited poor adherence as one of the “drug-related problems” responsible for up to 13% of the total health care expenditure
  • Poor medication adherence increases the likelihood of preventable disease progression, increases unnecessary hospitalisations, avoidable doctor and emergency department visits. It is estimated there are up to $300billion USD a year in costs incurred as a result of patient non-adherence.

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