According to an investigation by researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), the cost of prescription medication affects 1 in 10 Canadians, and 1 in 4 individuals without medication insurance cannot afford to have their prescriptions filled. The researchers examined data from 5, 732 individuals who took part in the Canada Community Health Survey in 2007. The team asked those who received a prescription whether they had difficulties filling a prescription, tried to make the prescription last longer due to the cost, or avoided refilling a prescription. A yes to any of these questions was considered to be cost-related non-adherence to prescription drugs.
Patients simultaneously treated for both Type 2 diabetes and depression improve medication compliance and significantly improve blood sugar and depression levels compared to patients receiving usual care, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Of patients receiving integrated care combined with a brief period of intervention to assist with adherence to prescribed medication regimens, more than 60 percent had improved blood sugar test results and 58 percent had reduced depression symptoms, compared to only 36 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of patients receiving usual care. The full results of the study are published in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. There is a link between depression and diabetes - as depression is a risk factor for diabetes, diabetes also increases the risk for the onset of depression.
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital have found that one-quarter of severe asthma attacks could be prevented if only patients consistently took their medication as prescribed. Moreover, an asthma attack was only significantly reduced when patients used at least 75 percent of their prescribed dose, according to the study. Patients often poorly take their medication based on the onset and degree of symptoms. Henry Ford researchers say this is the first time that asthma medication use has been tracked closely over time and related to the likelihood of severe asthma attacks. The findings are published online in the December issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology * "Our findings demonstrated a relationship between medication adherence and asthma events in a manner that accounts for the changing patterns of inhaler use over time, " says lead author Keoki Williams, M.
36% of post-menopausal breast cancer patients who take aromatase inhibitors do not complete their treatment, because the drug's side effects are so unpleasant, researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine reported at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Aromatase inhibitors are administered after chemotherapy, radiotherapy and breast cancer surgery, usually for about five years. Lynne Wagner and team carried out a study involving 700 females who were on aromatase inhibitors. Within four years, 36% of them had dropped out of treatment because the side effects linked to them were unbearable. One in every ten patients abandoned treatment within 24 months. Nasty (unbearable) side effects that cause the women to stop taking their medication included: A drop in libido Weight gain Hot flashes (UK: hot flushes) Severe pain in the joints Those who had undergone radiation therapy or chemotherapy were more likely to stop taking their medication.
Why do so many postmenopausal women who are treated for estrogen-sensitive breast cancer quit using drugs that help prevent the disease from recurring? The first study to actually ask the women themselves -- as well as the largest, most scientifically rigorous study to examine the question -- reports 36 percent of women quit early because of the medications' side effects, which are more severe and widespread than previously known. The Northwestern Medicine research also reveals a big gap between what women tell their doctors about side effects and what they actually experience. "Clinicians consistently underestimate the side effects associated with treatment, " said lead investigator Lynne Wagner, an associate professor in medical social sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist at Robert H.