It is very sad when a person has to a make choice between getting their life saving medication and paying other necessities. The CDC says “Adherence to blood pressure medication reduces hospitalization risk and health care costs; similarly, adherence to statins reduces CVD-related illness and death, but the medications remain underused(CDC,2015)”. As you mentioned most people want to be compliant but just can not afford to.They will change the dose by cutting the pill in half or take twice a day medication once. According to the CDC

Adherence rates range from 25% to 40% among older adults. Cost-related medication nonadherence is a serious problem in the United States, especially among vulnerable populations such as older adults and people who are disabled, uninsured, or underinsured(CDC, 2015). As with most diseases income plays a role in compliance. People understand the importance but have to make a choice that no one should face.

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