The consequence of not recognizing and addressing these barriers is too great to ignore. The breakdown of medication adherence begins in the prescriber’s office and the likelihood of adherence diminishes as the patient proceeds to the pharmacy to fill the prescription and once the patient takes the medication home.
Reference: Adapted from Oyekan E. The B-SMART Medication Adherence Checklist. A Tool to make it easier for Physicians and Providers to do the right thing when addressing America’s other drug problem – Medication Non Adherence. Website: Department of Managed Health Care. http://dmhc.ca.gov/library/reports/news/rci/oyekan.pdf