Navigation Links
Doctors Fear Patients Not Filling Prescriptions

New Epocrates Survey Reveals Patients May Make Harmful Choices in Efforts to Contain Costs

San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2009 -- Americans are faced with having to make more difficult economic choices than ever before. A new survey conducted by Epocrates, Inc., released today, reveals that physicians nationwide are concerned patients are being forced to make cutbacks on medications that could be harmful to their health. Additionally, doctors report an increase in requests for generic medications since the economy has weakened.

Nearly 95 percent of physicians surveyed said they have some degree of concern that patients may not be complying with the prescription they wrote because of the economic climate. Physicians are primarily concerned that patients are not getting prescriptions filled or skipping doses. Respondents also fear patients are trying to extend their medication supply by splitting pills, or discontinuing treatments that help with disease prevention or maintenance without consulting their physician.

"These are challenging times for many Americans, and some people make the mistake of deciding needed medication is less important," said Dr. Edison Tan. "If patients have financial concerns they should speak with their physician about alternatives--there is a lot we can do to help."

Patients struggling with medication costs can ask their doctor about lower cost options, such as generics or drugs covered by the patient's health plan with lower out of pocket costs. Almost 60 percent of survey respondents revealed that more patients have been requesting generic medications in the past six months. Furthermore, 55 percent of physicians report they wrote more prescriptions for generic medications in 2008 versus 2007. Approximately 50 percent of physicians believe generic drugs are clinically equivalent to brand drugs, whereas the remaining respondents feel it depends on the medication, or in some cases, a generic can be inferior to brand name drugs. Patients are still influential in the prescribing process, with respondents revealing patient preference or request as the two main reasons for selecting a brand name medication over a generic.

When asked what technology helps them save patients money on prescriptions, respondents selected electronic formulary references, followed by electronic medical records. Doctors report primarily turning to a mobile or online reference guide such as Epocrates to identify affordable medications for their patients. Pharmacists were also recognized as a helpful resource to physicians looking for a generic counterpart when they callback with an alternative to the brand name drug prescribed.

"I have many patients who have either lost their job, have no insurance, or are on a limited income and are not able to afford their medications. On most occasions, I look for a cheaper medication, give them samples if available, or get them set up with assistance programs," said Dr. Andrew Moultrie. "I will take the time to help them find a solution so they don't start messing with their medication and do more harm in the long run."

Survey Background
This survey was conducted by Epocrates, Inc. among 700 U.S. physicians registered with the company. For full survey results or to speak with a participant about helping find affordable medication options for patients, please contact

About Epocrates, Inc.
Epocrates is a leading provider of clinical information and decision support tools to healthcare professionals. Epocrates currently has more than 600,000 active subscribers worldwide, including more than one in four U.S. physicians and more than one in three U.S. medical students. The company's subscription-based services enable healthcare professionals to make more informed medical decisions, reduce medical errors and practice more efficiently. For more information about Epocrates, please visit


Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. UK junior doctors gaining less experience of common procedures
2. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
3. One-fourth of HIV patients believe their doctors stigmatize them
4. Annual flu shot cuts need for doctors visits, hospitalization among children
5. Teens need to see their doctors more often
6. Doctors and medical ethicist discuss whether doctors should participate in capital punishment
7. Doctors and Medical Ethicist Discuss Whether Doctors Should Participate in Capital Punishment
8. South Texas Doctors Report More Severe Cases of Community Staph Super Bug Hospitalizing Children
9. Maimonides Expands Circulation of Physicians Practice Journal to Staten Island Doctors
10. Doctors Debate Drugs vs. Surgery for Angina
11. UCI Medical Affiliates Inc. Opens a New Doctors Care Center in Anderson
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of its ... 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population - ... estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle Li, ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... A simply groundbreaking television series, ... interesting show that delves into an array of issues that are presently affecting Americans. ... from open dialogue, this show is changing the subjects consumers focus on, one episode ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... CBD College is proud to announce that on ... accreditation to its Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. CBD College is honored to join this ... colleges and universities in the state of California make the cut. CBD College is ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from Vintage Rock Posters, announces ... This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert posters. The concert was ... in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard to believe that Joplin's ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Inevitably when people think Thanksgiving, they also think Holiday sales ... Black Friday and Cyber Monday massage chair sales to receive the best ... low to find the best massage chair deals, they can see all of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 26, 2015  The total global healthcare industry ... over 2015-2016. Latin America has the ... , (excluding Japan ), is second with ... continues to face increased healthcare expenditure. In 2013-2014, total government ... from 43.5% in 2008-2009 to 41.2% in 2013-2014. In real ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... N.C. , Nov. 25, 2015 ... the planned investment of at least $15.8  Million ... Wilmington, NC . The expansion ... capacity to meet the growing demands of the ... site expansion will provide up to ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... AVIV, Israel , November 25, 2015 ... (NASDAQ: KTOV ) (TASE: KTOV), a biopharmaceutical company ... simultaneous treatment of various clinical conditions, today announced the ... 3,158,900 American Depository Shares ( ADSs ), each representing ... purchase up to 3,158,900 ADSs. The ADSs and warrants ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: