One-third of adults contacted in a recent survey said they often or very often don't comply with their prescription-drug treatment regimes, mainly because they forget, but also in large numbers because either they thought the drugs didn't work, were unnecessary, were too expensive or gave them unwanted side effects.
The online survey measured the responses of 2,507 U.S. adults between March 16 and 18 and was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Wall Street Journal.
Of the respondents, 63% said they had drugs prescribed for them in the preceding year. Of those with prescriptions, 64% said they had forgotten to take their medications at least once; 53% said they had forgotten a few times; 12% said they forgot often; and 11% said very often.
Other top reasons respondents cited for not complying, at least once, with their treatment regimens include:
"Compliance problems are rampant for reasons that are multitudinous and varied," according to a statement by Katherine Binns, senior vice president of healthcare research at Harris Interactive. "These barriers leading to noncompliance present significant challenges to physicians and the U.S. healthcare system as a whole that will be difficult to address."