Better prescriptions needed for prescription success

Sticking with a statin or blood pressure medication isn't easy. Some simple strategies can help.

Is your medicine cabinet, pill drawer, or kitchen counter overflowing with vials of prescription drugs that you started but never finished? Join the club. Roughly half of us (probably more) don't take our medicines as prescribed. For some people it's merely a matter of missing a dose or two. For others it means barely opening the vial or never even filling the prescription.

For most drugs, the occasional miss won't lead to a catastrophe. But routinely forgetting — or choosing not to take — medications prescribed for chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes can be dangerous.

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