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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Varied Reasons Why Patients Do Not Fill their Initial Statin Prescriptions
Date:4/23/2013

PASADENA, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients who do not fill their first prescription for cholesterol-lowering statins give a wide range of reasons for not doing so, including perceived concerns about the medication, a fear of side-effects and a decision to try lifestyle modifications instead of prescription medication, according to a Kaiser Permanente Southern California study published in The American Journal of Managed Care.

The cross-sectional study provides new information about qualitative evidence on primary nonadherence: situations where patients do not pick up their initial prescription. Researchers randomly selected and interviewed nearly 100 Kaiser Permanente Southern California members ages 24 and older with a new but unfilled statin prescription. Based on responses gathered from a semi-structured telephone interview, researchers reported that 63 percent of respondents did not fill their initial statin prescription because they had general concerns about taking the medication; 63 percent said they wanted to try lifestyle modifications rather than take a medication; and 53 percent reported a fear of the medication's side-effects.

"If a patient is prescribed a statin medication, it's important for their health that they take the medicine as prescribed by their health care professional. Understanding why some patients choose not to fill these prescriptions will help us create strategies to increase medication adherence and, hopefully, help more patients mitigate the health risks associated with high cholesterol," said study lead author Teresa Harrison , SM, of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation. "Our study found that patients' reasons for primary nonadherence are varied, which suggests that individually tailored interventions could be helpful in increasing medication adherence."

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