Information technology could have a positive effect on older adults' medication adherence, according to a report by the Center for Technology and Aging, which found that 40% of the 3 billion annual prescriptions issued in the U.S. are not taken properly and patients do not even pick up 12%. "More widespread use of technologies that reduce the cost and burden of medication-related illness among older adults is urgently needed," said David Lindeman, director of the Oakland, Calif.-based center.

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