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A renewed Medication Adherence Alliance call to action: harnessing momentum to address medication nonadherence in the United States

Authors Zullig L, Granger B, Bosworth H

Received 19 November 2015

Accepted for publication 9 March 2016

Published 7 July 2016 Volume 2016:10 Pages 1189—1195

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PPA.S100844

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

Peer reviewer comments 7

Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Leah L Zullig,1,2 Bradi B Granger,3 Hayden B Bosworth,1–4

On behalf of the Medication Adherence Alliance

1Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University, 3Duke Heart Center Nursing Research Program, School of Nursing, Duke University, 4Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

The problem: Nonadherence to prescription medications is a common and costly problem with multiple contributing factors, spanning the dimensions of individual behavior change, psychology, medicine, and health policy, among others. Addressing the problem of medication nonadherence requires strategic input from key experts in a number of fields.
Meeting of experts: The Medication Adherence Alliance is a group of key experts, predominately from the US, in the field of medication nonadherence. Members include representatives from consumer advocacy groups, community health providers, nonprofit groups, the academic community, decision-making government officials, and industry. In 2015, the Medication Adherence Alliance convened to review the current landscape of medication adherence. The group then established three working groups that will develop recommendations for shifting toward solutions-oriented science.
Commentary of expert opinion: From the perspective of the Medication Adherence Alliance, the objective of this commentary is to describe changes in the US landscape of medication adherence, framing the evolving field in the context of a recent think tank meeting of experts in the field of medication adherence.

Keywords: medication adherence, health planning recommendations, chronic disease

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