$320 billion – this is how much money was spent in 2015 on prescription medications, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of the Actuary National Health Statistics.
10 percent – this is the percentage of people who are taking at least five medications a month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
We know that older adults are likely to be on more medications to manage their chronic conditions, and we also know that four out of every 1,000 patients visit the emergency room for adverse events related to their medications. Patients see many different providers. New drugs are coming into the market that may interact with others. Transport to the pharmacy may be an issue. Older patients may not be able to hear the prompts to refill a prescription. And, of course, costs continue to rise. How do patients and their care givers keep on top of all of this?