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Two of five seniors report not taking medications as prescribed

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U.S. Total

Low Income

3+ Chronic Conditions

U.S. Total

Low Income

3+ Chronic Conditions

U.S. Total

Low Income

3+ Chronic Conditions

U.S. Total

Low Income

3+ Chronic Conditions

Two of five seniors report not taking medications as prescribed

Poor experiences with drugs and costs contribute to non-adherence

Percent of seniors who say they:

COST: Skipped, took smaller doses, or did not fill Rx due to cost

EXPERIENCES: Skipped doses or stopped taking Rx because felt worse or felt Rx was not helping

NEEDS: Did not fill Rx because on too many or thought not necessary

Any Drug Non-Adherence

Note: Rx = prescription medication.Low income is 200 percent of the federal poverty or less.

SOURCE: Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2003 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs.


Two of five seniors report not taking medications as prescribed

All Seniors (U.S. Total)

Low-Income Seniors

Seniors with 3+ Chronic Conditions

Figure 2

Seniors – especially those with 3 or more chronic conditions – rely heavily on medicationsMany have multiple prescribing doctors and use more than 1 pharmacy

Note: Rx = prescription medication. Low income is 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less.

SOURCE: Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2003 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs.


Two of five seniors report not taking medications as prescribed

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Drug coverage matters: Seniors without drug coverage report higher rates of non-adherence than those with drug coverage

Percent of seniors not filling medications or skipping or taking smaller doses due to costs:

Seniors with Rx Coverage

Seniors without Rx Coverage

Note: Rx = prescription medication. Low income is 200 percent of the federal poverty level or less.

SOURCE: Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2003 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs.


Sources of drug coverage for seniors vary by state

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Sources of drug coverage for seniors vary by state

Note: “Other” includes Medigap, VA benefits, state pharmacy assistance, and coverage that could not otherwise be classified.

SOURCE: Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2003 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs.


Nationally five percent of seniors obtain drugs from canada or mexico but rates vary by state

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Nationally, five percent of seniors obtain drugs from Canada or Mexico, but rates vary by state

Percent of seniors that report having purchased prescription drugs from Canada or Mexico within last year:

SOURCE: Kaiser/Commonwealth/Tufts-New England Medical Center 2003 National Survey of Seniors and Prescription Drugs.


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