Bringing down the cost of medicines in the U.S. to a more widely-affordable range could boost adherence to medication, Peter Pitts, former Food and Drug Administration associate commissioner, writes in a column published on the Washington Times.
Pitts writes that some 125,000 Americans are likely to die this year alone from not taking their medications, a staggering number that also costs the U.S. health system some $289 billion each year.
“This is a problem — and one that is easily preventable,” Pitts writes. “Lowering patient out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs would improve medication adherence, boost patient health outcomes — and generate billions in savings.”
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