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New Survey: 'I'd Rather Take out the Trash than Take My Meds'
Date:5/7/2013

r medication makes them feel old, while others said they feel worried (21 percent) or even frustrated and annoyed (14 percent). Still others (10 percent) said taking their meds reminds them of their illness and makes them feel sad.

The HealthPrize survey, which included responses from 1,021 U.S. consumers who take prescription medications regularly to help treat a chronic illness or serious medical condition, also found:

  • Nearly half of 18- to 34-year-olds (47 percent) say paying for gas for their car is more important than paying for their prescription medications.
  • 20 percent of women say they'd be more likely to follow a prescription for their pet than for themselves.
  • Millennials (aged 18-34) are three and a half times more likely than senior citizens (over 65) to quit taking their medication altogether or simply never fill their prescription (56 to 16 percent).
  • Women are less likely than men to take their medication as prescribed (45 to 36 percent).  
  • Of those who admitted to poor adherence, 46 percent said they did not trust or always trust their doctor.

An infographic illustrating the survey findings can be viewed at www.healthprize.com/infographic.

For more detail and analysis of the survey findings, the HealthPrize Medication Non-Adherence Report by Dr. Katrina Firlik is available at www.healthprize.com/report.

Methodology
The HealthPrize Medication Non-Adherence survey was fielded by independent panel research firm Research Now from March 8 to March 15, 2013. The responses were generated from a survey of 1,021 people who self-identified as taking prescription medications regularly for a
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