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Medical News and Perspectives
November 14, 2007

Research Probes Details of Poor Adherence in Antihypertensive Drug Therapy

JAMA. 2007;298(18):2128. doi:10.1001/jama.298.18.2128

A unique data set is providing researchers with some cluesinto the murky realm of medication adherence for patients who have hypertension.

Controlling hypertension can be a difficult task and increases the risk for cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. It is estimated that only 30% of patients treated for hypertension achieve their target blood pressure goals. For physicians, the question becomes: are these patients not responding to the initial therapy, or are they not taking their medications in the prescribed manner?

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