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Seniors do much better than younger adults at affording, taking meds

Lots of U.S. adults skip taking prescriptions because they cannot afford them

May 8, 2015 - Okay, even most of us senior citizens would assume that when it comes to taking meds regularly, our age bracket would not do as well as younger adults. Wrong! Well at least we do better at not skipping prescriptions because we can't afford them, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The graph with this report is a bar chart showing that in 2013, 12.5% of adults overall who were prescribed medication by a doctor or other health professional did not take their medication as prescribed to save money.

Senior citizens aged ≥65 years were less likely to not take their medication as prescribed (5.3%) than those aged 18-44 years (14.8%) and those aged 45-64 years (15.0%). Women (13.8%) were more likely than men (10.9%) to not take their medication as prescribed, with the largest difference observed between women and men aged 45-64 years (17.2% compared with 12.5%).

In 2013, 12.5% of adults overall who were prescribed medication by a doctor or other health professional did not take their medication as prescribed to save money.

Percentage of Adults Who Did Not Take Medication as Prescribed to Save Money, Among Those Prescribed Medication During the Preceding 12 Months, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2013 - Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.


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