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More is Sometimes Less: Women are Prescribed a Greater Number of Medications Than Men but Take Less of the Drugs They Need
Date:3/19/2012

ery disease was seen in only 59 percent of women, compared with 71.5 percent of men.  Regarding use of beta blockers following a heart attack, 63 percent of women used the medications, compared to 69 percent of men.

"Despite all the advances in medicine over the last century, we have a long way to go in reducing these needless disparities in women's health care," said Phyllis Greenberger, President and CEO of Society for Women's Health Research. "We need to emphasize more research on women from the very beginning of the drug discovery process, as well as commit to understanding all the factors that affect her adherence to medications for the long-term."

Bridging the Gender Gap in Medication Management
Although women have demonstrated higher utilization for preventive care services, such as cholesterol monitoring, colon cancer screening and immunizations, they are falling short when it comes to treating conditions via medication management. 

Through its Women's Health Therapeutic Resource Center (TRC), Medco specialist pharmacists are able to identify adherence issues and omissions in care among patients, then work with physician and patients to resolve the issues and reduce gaps in care. 

About the Society for Women's Health Research
The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., is widely recognized as the thought leader in women's health research, particularly how sex differences impact health. SWHR's mission is to improve the health of all women through advocacy, education and research. Visit SWHR's website at swhr.org for more information.

The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is a flagship program of the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), launched in 2006 to promote scientific research on sex diff
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