Navigation Links
Cost of heart drugs makes patients skip pills, putting themselves at risk
Date:3/29/2011

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- For more than 5 million Americans with heart failure, a critical step to better health is taking the medications they're prescribed. But many patients fail to do so, putting themselves at greater risk of hospitalization and even death. To date, studies have not fully answered why patients fall short when it comes to taking heart medicine. In a study appearing in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers found the drugs' cost is one of the biggest deterrents.

"We found patients weren't filling their prescriptions because of the expense," says Shannon Dunlay, M.D., Mayo Clinic cardiologist and lead author.

The study recruited patients from Olmsted County, Minn., and tracked their pharmacy records. Previous studies looked only at electronic prescription claims data, possibly missing drugs purchased with cash or not covered by insurance, Dr. Dunlay says. The 209 patients in the study, ages 60 to 86, were asked how often they missed doses or didn't take drugs at all, and why.

Researchers found that younger patients were slightly more likely to skip certain heart medications than older patients. Men were less likely than women to stick to certain drug regimens. Among patients who did a poor job following prescriptions, financial concern was the main reason: 46 percent reported that they had stopped taking statins or not filled a prescription because of cost, and 23 percent acknowledged skipping doses to save money.

Although 77 percent of patients in the study were eligible for Medicare, medication costs were still an important issue for some of them.

Dr. Dunlay emphasizes that heart failure patients worried about medication costs should tell their physicians. There often are lower-cost alternatives, she says.


'/>"/>

Contact: Rebecca Eisenman
newsbureau@mayo.edu
507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Conflicts of Interest Cloud Heart Treatment Guidelines: Study
2. Healthy Lifestyles Could Halve Cases of Dangerous Irregular Heartbeat
3. Dark Chocolate May Harbor Benefits for the Heart
4. Americans Exposure to Mercury From Fish Wont Harm Hearts: Study
5. Outcomes improved by longer delays between heart attacks and elective surgeries
6. Study: Infrequent Sex Can Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Death
7. Do all student athletes need heart screenings?
8. Load up on fiber now, avoid heart disease later
9. Tamoxifen May Offer Long-Term Heart, Cancer Protection
10. Poor Diet Linked to Early Signs of Heart Risks in Obese Kids
11. Fiber May Lessen Lifetime Risk for Heart Problems
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/23/2014)... adults in Athens, GA who find that they have a problem ... call the new helpline which can offer support and guidance for ... Athens is a wonderful resource for an adolescent drug or alcohol ... end substance abuse once and for all. When a young person ... when really they should put their faith in a youth rehab ...
(Date:8/23/2014)... Summer vacation is almost over and before we know it ... for school supplies and a new wardrobe might take precedence ... to also spend some time brushing up on bed bug ... in heavily populated places,” said Randy Rupert, Bed Bug Team ... settings for bed bugs to take up residence.” , An ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... (PRWEB) August 23, 2014 Recently, Skmen.com, ... new collection of 2014 bohemian dresses in its online ... deeply discounted prices, up to 28% off. All the ... before August 31, 2014. , The company’s ... Skmen.com wants to show worldwide customers more the latest ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... a leading online supplier of wedding dresses and women’s special ... bridesmaid dresses to its product line. In addition to ... high quality items. All of them are now available at ... , The company’s new items can definitely add beauty for ... It is true that all its products are more and ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... 2014 Millennium Treatment Group has recently noticed ... high level of drug use among teenagers. The treatment facility ... addiction and work to minimize drug abuse. , America is ... drug addiction in history. According to the National Institute ... Americans aged 12 or older—or 9.2 percent of the population—had ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Teenagers in Athens, GA are Locating Addiction Recovery Thanks to New Helpline 2Health News:Expert Advice for a Bed Bug-Free School Year 2Health News:Cheap Bohemian Dresses Unveiled by Experienced Supplier Skmen.com 2Health News:Discounted Empire Bridesmaid Dresses Online At UWDress.com 2Health News:Millennium Treatment Group Sees Increase in Marijuana Use Among Youth 2
... Medarex, Inc.,(Nasdaq: MEDX ) is scheduled to host ... Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical,Oncology (ASCO) ... at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 7:00 a.m. Central ... be joined by Jedd D. Wolchok, M.D.,Ph.D., Director of ...
... Children Not Meeting Daily Physical,Activity Recommendations, INDIANAPOLIS, ... care homes are unlikely to be meeting physical ... released today,at the 55th Annual Meeting of the ... operated family child care homes, as the second,largest ...
... KV Expects Filings To Be Completed Within Automatic Form 10-K Extension ... ... ST. LOUIS, May 30 KV Pharmaceutical Company,(NYSE: KVa/KVb), a ... products and generic/non-branded prescription pharmaceuticals,announced today that it expects to complete ...
... new University of,Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and Clinic ... from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the new ... screenings for community,members, as well as oral health awareness ... of the School of Dentistry,s 75th,Anniversary., Over 211,000 ...
... 2008, New YorkThe number of uninsured young adults in the ... 13.3 million in 2005making the 19-to-29 age group one of ... insurance. According to a newly updated report from The Commonwealth ... attend college and 34 percent of college graduates will spend ...
... of Michigan,ranked among the nation,s top 30 hospitals ... America,s Best Children,s Hospitals. This publication,ranked each pediatric ... neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory,disorders, and general ... neurology and neurosurgery., U.S. News uses several ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Medarex Hosts June 2nd Webcast of Ipilimumab Data Presented at ASCO 2Health News:Preschoolers in Family Child Care Homes Need More Activity 2Health News:KV Pharmaceutical Company Updates Timing of Fiscal 2008 Securities and Exchange Commission Filings 2Health News:KV Pharmaceutical Company Updates Timing of Fiscal 2008 Securities and Exchange Commission Filings 3Health News:UDM School of Dentistry to Host Community Open House 2Health News:Young adults at risk: 13.7 million lack health insurance coverage 2Health News:Young adults at risk: 13.7 million lack health insurance coverage 3Health News:DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan Ranked Among America's Best 2
(Date:8/22/2014)... COLUMBUS, Ohio , Aug. 22, 2014 MC ... Devices Inc. (MID), a Columbus, OH ... to distribute the FloShield laparoscopic and robotic visualization system in ... will be approved for sale in Japan ... has a long-time experience and an extensive product portfolio in ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... 2014  Mark Riccio, director of Cornell University,s ... using the online crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to bring ... researchers and would-be superheros everywhere: "for FREE." Riccio,s ... do if you had Superman,s X-ray vision?" The ... everywhere, from elementary through high school students, academic ...
(Date:8/22/2014)... , Aug. 22, 2014  WaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. ... public offering of units of common stock and warrants ... proceeds of $20 million, prior to deducting underwriting discounts ... The shares and warrants are immediately separable and will ... expected to begin trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:MC Medical agrees to be the exclusive distributor of FloShield products in Japan 2Cornell's X-ray Imaging Lab Director Uses Kickstarter Campaign to "Democratize" Advanced 3D Imaging 2WaferGen Bio-Systems Announces Pricing of $20 Million Underwritten Offering and Uplisting to NASDAQ 2WaferGen Bio-Systems Announces Pricing of $20 Million Underwritten Offering and Uplisting to NASDAQ 3WaferGen Bio-Systems Announces Pricing of $20 Million Underwritten Offering and Uplisting to NASDAQ 4
... to superior immobilization and cervical spine care, one ... already know that the most important function of ... But what you may not know is that ... provides superior immobilization over the leading one-piece rigid ...
... support and stabilization for non-operable hip disorders ... hip arthroplasty. Neoprene padding is secured to ... interface. This brace may be ordered with ... joints. , ,POSTERIOR PANEL: The ...
... Bledsoe Simple Pelvic Brace is the solution ... control. This off-the-shelf brace fits like a ... than 10 minutes. The Bledsoe Simple Pelvic ... as abduction and adduction in 15 increments ...
... A Pavlik-type harness with greatly improved ... of congenital hip dysplasia. Color-coded straps, ... antislip foot pieces.,Color-coded anterior straps help ... be made while the child lies ...
Medicine Products: