Study: Many diabetics don't take medications, even if insured

04/21/2004 | SeattlePI.com

Despite having health insurance, a large percentage of diabetics use no medicine at all to control their condition, leading to higher health costs and rates of hospitalization, a new study says. The research, paid for by the pharmaceutical industry, includes one study showing one out of five among nearly 195,400 patients with the most common form of diabetes did not use insulin or other anti-diabetes drugs during a year period, and another study of 19,000 diabetics showed 30% took no medications during a year period.

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