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    Adult diabetic medication adherence tied directly to financial issues



    The study showed that among adults aged 45 or greater who were prescribed medication, adults with diabetes were significantly more likely to skip doses of medication (13.2% vs. 6.4%), take less medicine (14.4% vs. 6.9%) and delay filling prescriptions (16.3% vs. 7.9%) to save money than were those in the same age group who did not have diabetes.  

    “About 1 in 5 people between 45 and 64 with diabetes who were prescribed medication reduced or delayed taking medication to save money,” Lessem said. “Older adults, aged 65 or greater, who have been prescribed medication are less likely to reduce or delay medication than adults aged 45 to 64 adults regardless of diabetes status.”

    Only 4.7% of adults aged 65 or older without diabetes reduced or delayed medication compared with 6.8% of those with diabetes. 

    “Nearly all adults aged 65 and over are eligible for Medicare. Medicare coverage may be associated with the better ability to afford medication, but this analysis did not directly explore that association,” Lessem said. “We did not present analysis of individuals younger than 45 because relatively few adults in this age group were prescribed medication.  This means not enough people in this age group were asked the questions for our finding to have enough power to show statistically meaningful results.” 

    Lessem also noted that this study did not look at what kind of prescription medications were being delayed, skipped or reduced, and that without this information the researchers cannot know the consequences of not receiving the medication as prescribed. 


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