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New Publication: Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence


Poor Medicine Adherence in Americans with Multiple Chronic Conditions – Anticipating & Addressing a Looming Threat
Agenda-Setting Report Issued to Reduce Adverse Health and Economic Consequences

BeMedicine Smart
National Council on Patient Information and Education

Washington, DC; October 15, 2013 — With mounting evidence that poor medicine adherence will increase dramatically with the projected rise in age-related chronic illnesses, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) — a non-profit coalition of diverse organizations working to improve communication on the safe and appropriate use of medicines — today released a ten-step Adherence Action Agenda that places the spotlight on the pervasive and costly problem of poor medicine adherence, particularly among those age 65 and older with multiple chronic conditions, who are at the greatest risk of medication errors, drug interactions and costly disease complications.

Issued as a nationwide call to action, the report — Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda — finds that poor medicine adherence among patients with chronic and comorbid conditions is resulting in unnecessary disease progression and disease complications and the increased use of expensive components of health care, such as emergency room visits, hospitalizations, avoidable hospital re-admissions and post-acute care.

View the report here:

Established in 1982, the National Council on Patient Information and Education is a diverse non-profit coalition that works to stimulate and improve the communication of information about the appropriate use of prescription and OTC medicines. NCPIE's members include consumer organizations: patient advocacy groups; voluntary health agencies; health professional associations, schools of pharmacy, health-related trade associations; prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical manufacturers; and local, state and federal government agencies. More information about NCPIE is available through its Web site:

Keywords: publication, prescription, medicine, adherence, NCPIE

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