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Experts to Assess Impacts and Policy Barriers to Improving Proper Medication Adherence
Date:7/15/2009

Conference Led by John Iglehart to Inform Policy Recommendations that Improve Adherence and Patient Health

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health reform may succeed in creating better coverage and access for Americans, but until we reduce the barriers to proper medication adherence, many patients will not experience improved health, according to experts meeting today to discuss the challenges of adherence.

Although the evidence on poor adherence has garnered the attention of some policymakers, the group of experts -- brought together by GlaxoSmithKline, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation, the National Consumer's League and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America -- believes much work remains to develop sound policy and public education strategies to address the problem. Today's results-oriented conference will open the dialogue about adherence with a cross-sector panel of experts from the business, insurance, employer, health, medical, academic and government sectors.

"To date, medication adherence hasn't been a prominent part of the debate. But no matter what shape health reform takes, it will ultimately be more successful if it supports the education and motivation of patients to properly follow their medication regimens," said John Iglehart, founding editor of Health Affairs and conference moderator. "Today's attendees have witnessed first-hand the many factors that can impact medication adherence, and I look forward to learning from their perspectives."

To inform their discussion, participants will receive briefings on two new research efforts on medication adherence, conducted separately by Avalere Health and the RAND Corporation. The insights from these studies will provide a framework to help guide the creation of policy and public education recom
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