Definition of Medication Compliance – Taking the correct amount of the prescribed medicine at the proper time
Although this seems easy enough, medication noncompliance is one of the biggest issues in healthcare today. This is especially true with the elderly which often take multiple medications. Below are just a few of the statistics:
- Nearly 60% of patients taking 5 or more medications take them improperly.
- Medication errors injure more that 1 million people a year in the United States
- 50% of the 2 billion prescriptions filled each year are not taken correctly
- Roughly half of all routine medications are either not completed or are never filled in the first place. This is especially true with medications that treat asymptomatic conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. People think “If I don’t feel any symptoms or don’t see any tangible results, why should I take them?” However, the effects of not taking these medications can be devastating.
Medication Non Compliance is responsible for:
- 23% of all nursing home admissions
- $100 billion in direct and indirect costs
- Unneeded medication changes
- Unexplained treatment failures
- Repeat office visits
- Increased risk of hospitalization
Benefits of Medication Compliance:
- Improved health and decreased risk of hospitalization or need for a skilled nursing facility/nursing home
- Improved mood if dealing with emotional ailments such as depression or anxiety
- Physicians able to better manage your or your loved one’s care knowing that medications are properly taken
- Peace of mind and less stress for you and your families
About Our Services
AllCare Professional Solutions offers our Medication Management and In Home Medication Wellness programs to all residents within the area for purposes of offering and maintaining optimal independence and good health. These programs are designed to assist you to better manage your health and to meet your individualized healthcare needs. Most hospitalizations and/or disease progression is a direct result of administering medications incorrectly or failure to take prescribed medications as ordered. These programs were designed to assist you or your loved one to consume medications as ordered. These services generally are not covered by insurance plans and therefore are all out-of-pocket expenses. The program descriptions are provided under our services section to assist you to determine which program will best meet your needs.