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March 1, 2019

Integrated Adherence Monitoring for Inhaler Medications

Author Affiliations
  • 1Allergy, Asthma, & Clinical Immunology Service, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 3Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 4Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
JAMA. 2019;321(11):1045-1046. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1289
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    1 Comment for this article
    Asthma Sufferer
    Trevor Hart, Physiology, Postgrad LAW | Retired Pharmaceutical Manufacturer
    Patient compliance is not about technology. Simple actions can easily help prescribers monitor usage along with the dispenser. Request for a patient to bring in unused medication at a visit can highlight the "unused and uncollected" medication. This will provide information about over 50% of poor patient compliance and should have been routine 30 years ago. Wasting more money on technology to treat a simple "mindset" problem is wasteful and frankly a "failure to accept responsibility" by the physician and dispenser.