I’d always been under the impression that women were less adherent than men to prescription drugs. I’d heard several very logical reasons:
- As the caregiver, they often took care of their children, spouse, and/or other people first before being adherent themselves.
- They took more medications on average which is highly correlated with non-adherence.
But, some researchers recently told me that their data showed women to be more adherent. And, I then noticed that the infographic that Express Scripts put together showed something similar. (see zoomed in picture)
So which is it? I can find lots of research online to support females being less adherent. Here’s a few links:
BTW…If you want to see a good presentation on some adherence data from CVS Caremark from a few years ago, you can follow this link to a presentation that was given. Here’s a more recent one from URAC.