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Last Updated
March 8, 2017
PUBLIC POLICY & ADHERENCE
Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda Accelerating Progress in Prescription Medicine Adherence: The Adherence Action Agenda (October 2013)
Issued as a nationwide call to action, the Adherence Action Agenda (A3) report finds that poor medicine adherence among patients with chronic and comorbid conditions is resulting in unnecessary disease progression and disease complications and the increased use of expensive components of health care, such as emergency room visits, hospitalizations, avoidable hospital re-admissions and post-acute care. The report includes a ten-step Adherence Action Agenda that places the spotlight on the pervasive and costly problem of poor medicine adherence, particularly among those age 65 and older with multiple chronic conditions, who are at the greatest risk of medication errors, drug interactions and costly disease complications.

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Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan Enhancing Prescription Medicine Adherence: A National Action Plan (August 2007; 34 pages)
A comprehensive review of the extent and nature of poor medicine adherence, its health and economic costs, and its underlying factors. The report includes an examination of the current state of research funding and educational initiatives around patient adherence to determine where major gaps still exist. Included are 10 action steps / recommendations that can significantly impact medication adherence and can be readily implemented. As such, the report serves as a blueprint for action by all stakeholders.

Topical Bibliography on Medicine Compliance Topical Bibliography on Medicine Compliance
The 2nd edition of this invaluable research tool features nearly 1,000 citations of updated references. These are organized into 16 sections, such as: compliance in special settings, in special populations, and compliance by disease/condition. An essential tool for marketing managers, medicine communicators, health professional and consumer educators.
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AMA Medication Counseling Guidelines for the Ambulatory Care Setting AMA Medication Counseling Guidelines for the Ambulatory Care Setting
This free brochure contains guidelines for physicians for counseling
patients about prescription medications in the ambulatory setting.
Children and America's Other Drug Problem: Guidelines for Improving Prescription Medicine Use Among Children and Teenagers (1989) Children and America's Other Drug Problem: Guidelines for Improving Prescription Medicine Use Among Children and Teenagers (1989)
This report was first published on May 2, 1989 to serve as a resource for organizations with an interest in issues related to medication use and/or a mandate to serve or represent children and teenagers.
Priorities & Approaches for Improving Prescription Medicine Use by Older Adults (1987) Priorities & Approaches for Improving Prescription Medicine Use by Older Adults (1987)
This report was developed with the help of two interdisciplinary advisory panels as a resource for organizations with an interest in issues related to medication use and/or a mandate to serve or represent the older population and with the intention of laying the groundwork for planning an education campaign to improve prescription use among older adults.