Communicating About Medications: Directions for Research

Sharon Lee Hammond*, Bruce L. Lambert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Approximately 1.5 billion prescriptions are filled each year. However, these medications cannot be effective unless they are used properly. In a 1990 study (Heyduck, 1991) by the National Council on Patient Information and Education, researchers found that about one third of all patients fail to take their prescribed medications. The researchers estimated that about 7% of all prescriptions are never even filled. Of those that are filled, 4% are never picked up, and of those that are picked up, about 20% are never taken.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Communication
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication


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