Wasted meds, inappropriate ‘scripts help fuel health costs

This from a coalitions of drug companies, lawyers, academics and insurers.  See board of directors.

In 2007, the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) released a report, “Waste and Inefficiency in the Health Care System,” which estimated that a full third of the $2.4 trillion spent on health care in the U.S. could be eliminated without reducing the quality of care. In its new research brief, “Thinking Outside the Pillbox,” NEHI addresses the root causes of poor patient medication adherence – a significant contributor to overall health care waste – and offers promising solutions to improve adherence, particularly among chronic disease patients.

I thought these folks were taking a “blame the victim” approach, but they seems to want to hold docs accountable too.

The design of a medically appropriate drug regimen for each individual patient is a crucial factor in sustained medication adherence. Medication appropriateness should be considered in the context of all other prescriptions and medical orders to which the patient is subject – not always an easy task when patients have multiple prescriptions written by multiple prescribers. Some experts interviewed by NEHI claim that prescribers could reduce non-adherence to only 10-15 percent simply by getting the correct drug regimen in place.

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