Surveys: Patients reduce dosages to save money, but lose drugs' effectiveness

A survey of patients taking prescription drugs shows that two-thirds of them said they cut back on the prescribed dosage because the medicine was too expensive and their doctors had never asked them whether they could afford the medicine. A separate survey of pharmacists said patients who split pills to save money do not receive the proper dose, and some receive even less of the proper dose when they split generic drugs provided in a dosage form already lower than that offered by the brand company and prescribed by their doctor.

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