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Commentary on: Tamblyn R, Eguale T, Huang A, et al. The incidence and determinants of primary non-adherence with prescribed medication in primary care: a cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2014;160:441–50.
Poor medication adherence is common and has been a long-standing concern of providers, payers and policy-makers alike. The incidence and prevalence of primary non-adherence, or the failure to fill a first prescription of a new medication, is increasingly quantifiable with advances in health information technology. Prior work suggests that as many as one-third of new prescriptions may not be filled, although rates of primary non-adherence vary based on a number of factors, including study populations and research designs, as well as medication class, route of administration and formulary status.1–3 Tamblyn and colleagues quantify the …
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