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12.5 Percent of Adults Do Not Take Medication as Prescribed to Save Money

Filed in National Health News 5/11/15 at 2:20 pm     1171     Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
National Health Interview Survey, 2013.

National Health Interview Survey, 2013.

The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2013, 12.5% of adults overall who were prescribed medication by a doctor or other health professional did not take their medication as prescribed to save money. Adults aged ≥65 years were less likely to not take their medication as prescribed (5.3%) than those aged 18-44 years (14.8%) and those aged 45-64 years (15.0%). Women (13.8%) were more likely than men (10.9%) to not take their medication as prescribed, with the largest difference observed between women and men aged 45-64 years (17.2% compared with 12.5%).

In 2013, 12.5% of adults overall who were prescribed medication by a doctor or other health professional did not take their medication as prescribed to save money. Adults aged ≥65 years were less likely to not take their medication as prescribed (5.3%) than those aged 18–44 years (14.8%) and those aged 45–64 years (15.0%). Women (13.8%) were more likely than men (10.9%) to not take their medication as prescribed, with the largest difference observed between women and men aged 45–64 years (17.2% compared with 12.5%).

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