Ala. officials aim to improve medication adherence

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With two-thirds of patients not taking medications as prescribed, health care experts are turning to everything from financial incentives to text messages to get patients to follow their doctors' orders.

National health care organizations, state officials and others gathered in Montgomery on Tuesday to share ideas about improving medication adherence.

State Health Officer Don Williamson says people who don't take their medication often end up with more expensive complications. He said improving medication adherence is critical to controlling state Medicaid costs.

Ideas shared at the meeting included text message reminders to take medication and carrying a card in a wallet with prescriptions, amounts and times to take prescribed medications. Others included financial incentives for compliance and having patients renew all prescriptions on the same day each month to avoid confusion.

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