Medication non-adherence is estimated to cost the U.S. health care system $300 billion dollars per year 2. The World Congress Summit to Improve Adherence and Enhance Patient Engagement gathered medical experts to address ways in which effective interventions and coordination can improve adherence rates and drive better patient outcomes. The summit took place March 14-15 in Philadelphia.
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1 Taitel M, Jiang J, Rudkin K, Ewing S, Duncan I. The impact of pharmacist face-to-face counseling to improve medication adherence among patients initiating statin therapy, Patient Preference and Adherence, 2012, 6(1) 323-329.2 NEHI Research Shows Patient Medication Nonadherence Costs Health Care System $290 Billion Annually