There are plenty of statistics out there related to prescription drug prices and spending. One measure that has us particularly concerned is medication nonadherence. That is, when people simply stop taking their medication. When people don't take their meds as prescribed, we know that it compounds their health problems. It results in additional trips to the emergency room, which adds to overall health care costs.
We've heard many stories of Americans having to choose between buying medicine and other essentials, such as groceries. We know that cost is a huge factor in nonadherence. And this problem is growing. A new study shows that 50 million Americans (age 16-64) didn't fill a prescription in 2012 due to cost. This number is up 2 million from the previous year. And the nonadherence number would clearly be much higher if older adults had been included in the study.read more