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A Cure for Medication Non-adherence

Medication non-adherence is a major problem, worldwide. In this paper we propose a cure that includes innovative new technologies of the IoT and particularly the RxPense® Hub, a medication dispensing, management and remote monitoring system developed by Medipense, and Tender Loving Care (TLC) from a Circle of Care including family, friends and Health Care Professionals (HCP).

The Problem

With over 4 billion prescriptions filled annually in America, people get sicker, return to hospitals or die needlessly due to medication errors and medication non-adherence. Between 20% to 80% of patients make errors in taking medication and 20% to 60% stop taking medications before being instructed to do so. In addition, 16 percent of patients fail to fill a new prescription and 30% of prescriptions are never refilled.

“We spend 86% of our health care dollars on the treatment of chronic diseases.” …CDC

Dispensing errors are flagrant. There are many points of failure between the time a physician prescribes, and a patient consumes. These failures occur in the hospital, long term care facility, seniors’ residences and at home. At almost every stage where there is human involvement, there are potential sources of error.

…the cost of treating non-adherent chronic disease patients is at least twice as high as adherent patients with the same conditions

From a financial perspective, waste is consuming our health care dollars. The United States spends nearly $300 billion USD a year on additional doctor visits, emergency room visits and hospital admissions due to medication non-adherence. Billions more are wasted around the world. The US pharmaceutical industry alone loses an estimated $188 billion annually due to medication non-adherence. Imagine what that extra revenue could yield in reduced pharmaceutical costs and increased research and development.

In summary, the medication non-adherence problem results in poor patient outcomes, exorbitant waste of limited funds, loss of productivity, and loss of life.

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