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    Adult diabetic medication adherence tied directly to financial issues

    About one in five adults aged 45 to 64 with diabetes reported having reduced or delayed medication to save money in the last year, according to data published recently in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

    “When a doctor or other health professional prescribes a medication, it is because the patient needs it,” Sarah E. Lessem, PhD, a health statistician at National Center for Health Statistics, told Medical Economics. “If there are specific groups that are more likely to reduce or delay taking medication, it is important to know this.”

    This finding was drawn from responses to the 2015 National Health Interview Survey. Data were included for all respondents who answered “yes” to the question, “During the past 12 months, were you prescribed medication by a doctor or other health professional?”

    Respondents who answered “yes” were then asked if during the past 12 months, any of the following were true:
    • You skipped medication doses to save money?
    • You took less medicine to save money?
    • You delayed filling a prescription to save money?

    Any reduction or delay in medication to save money was determined based on a response of “yes” to any of the three questions. Medication refers to any medication prescribed, not just medication for diabetes.

    Next: How adults 45 or older fared

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