Low compliance, ill health
Patient compliance is a universal challenge. Between 40-70% of patients stop taking life-long medicines within six months of commencing treatment. These alarming rates of non-compliance exist for a number of reasons, such as difficulties brought on by sides effects, complex treatment regimens, duration of treatment and latency of drug effect.
Non-compliance has disastrous effects on health, leading to unnecessary suffering for patients and their loved ones, decreased quality of life and increased mortality rates.