CVS Caremark Examining Consumer Mindset and Why Some Patients Stop Taking their Medicine
- Twenty-four percent came to see that taking prescribed medications interfered with personal priorities like taking care of family members, compromising social aspects of their lives or finding it to be just another in a long line of chores to keep track of.
- Twenty-one percent came to seetaking their medicine made them feel like they were losing control of their lives and sometimes by stopping their medicine they felt they were resisting authority.
- Seventeen percent came to see they felt taking medicine gave them an unfavorable identity, made them feel old or they wanted others to view them in a more favorable light.
- Sixteen percent came to see they felt they knew better than their doctors what was good for them; some believed they should take care of their health through exercise and diet.
- Sixteen percent came to see they were wary of the health care and pharmaceutical industries and did not want to become dependent on medications or suffer unknown side-effects.
- Six percent came to see theydid not want to change their personal routines, so they simply put off taking their medications.