Patient adherence to chelation therapy is critical to treatment success, making it important to identify why patients do not always take their medicine as prescribed. There is a common misconception that the majority of non-adherence is due to patients simply forgetting to take medication. However, numerous studies have found this is not the case. In fact, in one patient survey study, 56% chose to discontinue due to financial hardship and 46% due to side effects. In the same study, only 12% of patients cited "problems remembering to take medication" as the reason for non-persistence.1,2
Other factors that may negatively impact patient adherence:1-3
Problems with adherence can happen at varying points in treatment, sometimes before the first prescription is even filled .3,4
Figure. Factors Influencing Patient Adherence.
Data on file. Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland.
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