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More than half of consumers lack confidence in their ability to properly take new medications as directed

January 23, 2019 / Jeff Lagasse

More than half of consumers lack confidence in their ability to properly take new medications as directed, according to a survey released today by e-prescribing and patient medication management solution outfit DrFirst. Among the consumers who had concerns about taking new medications correctly, two-thirds blamed their anxiety on a lack of time with physicians at the point of care. The survey, which focused on patients with non-chronic conditions, also found that the least preferred format for educational information on medications is written materials. Overall, respondents would most prefer learning about a drug's purpose and potential side effects from a short online video sent by their doctor or pharmacist via a link.