Cost an Important Determinant of Adherence, CDC Reports

The CDC report found that patients on high cost prescription medications ask their physician for low-cost alternatives, but cheaper medications from outside the Unites States, skip doses, or delay refills to save cost.

Nearly one in 10 American adults don't take their medications as prescribed because they can't afford to, health officials reported Thursday.

High drug costs in the United States may be hurting the very people the medications are meant to help, the new report from the CDC suggests.

About 15% of U.S. adults have asked their doctor for a lower-cost alternative, the researchers found. Moreover, almost 2% have bought prescription drugs from another country—where medications may or may not be regulated—and more than 4% have tried alternative therapies.

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