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In Reply In response to the comments by Bernal et al, we agree that patient adherence to guideline-based medications in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) remains suboptimal and has been poorly studied. We regret that we have only limited answers to the questions and suggestions raised.1 First, we did not measure medication adherence or intervention by a pharmacist, since the main objective of our study was to examine the impact of an educational program on patient risk factors. Second, we did not prospectively collect data on the percentage of patients who stopped taking their medications. We are eager to read the results of the ongoing study by Bernal et al.2
Cohen A, Assyag P, Boutron I, . Improving Medication Adherence and Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes—Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(10):1708-1709. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.651