Employee Benefits

Managing Medications for Better Health


When your doctor prescribes a medication, do you fill the prescription immediately and take the drugs as directed?

One-third of all patients don’t take their medications as prescribed by healthcare providers, reports the New England Healthcare Institute. These decisions result in $290 billion of additional medical costs annually, including medication-related hospitalizations. Many of these unfilled prescriptions are for medications to help individuals with serious health concerns, such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Patients cite a variety of reasons for not taking their medications, including forgetting to take the drugs or failing to fill the prescription, believing they don’t need the drugs or viewing it as an unnecessary expense.

Now health professionals and insurance companies are working together to implement disease therapy management programs focused on persistent education and communication to encourage patients to fill prescriptions and take medications as directed.

Read more about this new approach to disease and medication management in an article published by Benefits Selling magazine.


If you have chosen to not fill or take a prescribed medication, what were the compelling reasons? Did you discuss the decision with your healthcare provider?