Insurance providers update their list of covered medications every year. This list is called a formulary, and it helps plan enrollees to understand whether or not their insurance will help pay for their medication. Find out if your Medication is in this list.
Medication adherence refers to the extent to which a person’s medication-taking behavior corresponds with recommendations from a healthcare provider. The world Health Organization reports that adherence to medications averages 50% among patients with chronic diseases, although it can vary substantially by patient population, age and location.
Until a few years ago, when giving a prescription for antibiotics, healthcare providers advised us to finish the entire course of medication. Even if you felt better, you were supposed to carry on until the often bitter end.
It’s not an uncommon situation: your doctor gives you a prescription and you fill it. You remember your doctor told you the name of the drug you’d be getting, but when you get your medication, the name on the bottle says something else.
If you’re a parent or caretaker of a small child, you’re probably familiar with this reaction to medication. Often too young to know how to swallow tablets or capsules, most toddlers and young children strongly resist taking their medicine -- and parents or caretakers may end up wearing the rejected medicine.