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Women skip medications more in the US than other countries

Women skip medications more in the US than other countries

For patients, especially those living with chronic conditions, nonadherence to prescription medicines due to cost is a common problem. By not filling prescriptions, skipping doses, delaying refills, or splitting pills, patients risk compromising the therapeutic benefit of their treatments. To understand the extent of this problem, Jamie Daw, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at the University of British Columbia, studied survey data from 11 high-income countries. They found that the largest disparities for non-adherence occurred among younger women in the U.S. The study results are published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs.