Medication Underuse, comment

Healthcare Informatics Resources. (2012, May 3). Medication underuse [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2012/05/03/medication-underuse/

This blog post talked about the expense of medication and how this contributes to medication not being taken properly (Johnson 2012).. Unfortunately, medication can be extremely expensive. Because of this patients do not take their medication correctly, they will skip doses, cut the pills in half, or just not take it.  We are lucky to have some incredible medicine available to us but it comes at a cost.  There again is the question of balance. I am not sure what the answer is. My son is currently on two medications and one of them is very expensive. If we did not have insurance, I am not sure we could afford it.

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5 Responses to Medication Underuse, comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    It is a big problem but don’t feel like you have no control over it.  There is always something we can do even if it is a small thing.  You could write a letter to your senator or possibly join an organization that supports your viewpoint.  It isn’t easy but if we all get involved even if it is on a small basis we can effect big changes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you guys that the cost is ridiculous for some medications. I also think a contributing factor that raises the cost is over prescribing.  I don’t think I have ever been to the doctor without him sending me home with a prescription.  I am glad that there are pharmacies out there that offer free /reduced cost prescriptions for people out there with no insurance, like me. Also, I believe that there are companies out there working on generic brands that are (hopefully) going to cost less. With some illnesses, there is no way around paying an arm and a leg for medicine, but it’s worth it if it’s going to make the person better. It’s unfortunate that it’s so expensive, but just like many more things in the US, there is nothing we’re going to be able to do about it. 🙁

  3. Anonymous says:

    In response, I can understand why people are trying to save on medications by using less of it.  I have had to do it myself a couple of times.  Some medications are really expensive.  That could be another thing that can be worked on, bringing medication costs down.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree that many people are taking their medications wrong because of the cost. They try to make their medication last so long because they cannot afford to get their meds every three months for a large amount of money.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree. It is amazing how the U.S. is leading in new medical advancements, but these advancements come with a huge cost. Today, physicians not only write prescriptions for medications, they have to monitor if the patients are taking them according to prescription. It can be extremely dangerous.

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