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According to the World Health Organization, there will be 157 million Americans with a chronic medical condition for which they will need to take medication regularly by the year 2020. Chronic or long lasting medical problems can be especially dangerous, as they lead to harm and injury to the body slowly. If proper care is not taken, they can lead to premature death and disability.


Unfortunately, it happens that have people do not take their medications as prescribed by the physician. Actually, 50% do not take their pills as recommended! That leads to a certain problem called medication-noncompliance or medication-nonadherence.


It is actually a global problem, however, numerous studies have been done here in the US and this is a problem of gigantic proportions. The bottom line is, why would you see a healthcare professional in the first place, if you’re not going to follow the advice.


I am going to lay down some stats, which will surely shed light on the magnitude of the problem and why it is essential to figure out a way to improve medication compliance.


64% of hospital readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharge are related to issues with medication.


As per the CDC or centers for disease control, 20% to 30% of all prescriptions are never filled to begin with.


According to the CDC, 125,000 US citizens die each year due to not following the doctor’s advice with regards to the medication.


Only half the patients taking pills for blood pressure actually follow the instructions of doctors properly.


Only 43% of patients with asthma follow the correct guidance for the treatment of acute asthma.


A quarter of all nursing home admissions are directly caused by issues with medication adherence.


As per the New England Healthcare Institute, $290 billions are wasted on potentially avoidable costs due to medication noncompliance.


A third of all kidney transplant patients do not follow their doctor’s advice, on how to take their anti-rejection medication leading to transplant failure.


Anyways the bottom line is that a person should take medication, if it is absolutely necessary. Work on yourself in a holistic manner to reduce your dependence on medication. And it should be every doctor’s goals to prevent you from taking medication, but if you have to, then you must take them properly.


However, if you are at the stage where you are surely seeking a healthcare professionals help, then what was the use seeking the advice but not following it.


Anyhow better to have prevented high blood pressure, diabetes, lung problems or heart problems. However, if for one reason or the other, you have a problem, then find the best way to fix it. That would include dietary modification, lifestyle changes, healthier habits, and if it is unavoidable, take your pills as prescribed by your physician.