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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 …
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