The Epidemic of Noncompliance: Why People Should Take Their Meds

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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Help physicians understand why patients, particularly with chronic conditions, don’t take their medications as prescribed. We know from surveys of doctors from coast to coast that we all feel frustrated by it, and ⅓ of doctors say it affects their ability to provide optimal care. Why should you take your medications? As our former Surgeon General once said: “Drugs don’t work in people who don’t take them.”

The facts:

Those who do:

 The heart:

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