CDC: One-Third of Uninsured Skimped on Prescriptions Because of Cost

About 34 percent of uninsured US adults did not take their medication as prescribed in 2017 in order to reduce their prescription drug costs, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. According to the report, among US adults aged 18-64 who were prescribed medication in the past 12 months, the percentage who did not take their medication as prescribed, asked their doctor for a lower-cost medication, or used alternative therapies to reduce prescription drug costs decreased from 2013 through 2015, and then remained relatively constant from 2015 through 2017. In 2017, strategies for reducing prescription drug costs were most commonly practiced among those who were uninsured, as 39.5 percent asked their doctor for a lower-cost medication and 13.9 percent used alternative therapies. Women were more likely than men to use these strategies, according to the report.

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