News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.
Adults in the United States have found a number of ways to reduce their prescription drug costs, and some could be hazardous to their health.
Findings from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey show that adults aged 64 years or younger were more than twice as likely as those aged 65 years or older to not have taken medications as prescribed to save money—12.6% compared with 5.8%. Of the younger adults, 8.2% skipped doses compared with 3.1% of older adults. Younger adults also were more likely to delay filling prescriptions to save money.
Finding Ways to Cut Drug Costs. JAMA. 2013;309(19):1986. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.4949