Prescription noncompliance is a complex but common problem

05/11/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Medication noncompliance is a common problem that costs billions of dollars in preventable hospital stays and leads to thousands of deaths each year. The reasons can vary from a lack of patient education and understanding to financial barriers to problems with side effects. "It is an issue that will be central to our efforts to reform the health care system," said Dr. William Shrank of Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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