Medicines non-adherence – Is it the patient’s problem?

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Medicines non-adherence – Is it the patient’s problem?

By Katrina Azer
Patient with nurse drug dispensing
Pharmacists can help bridge the gap on medicines adherence by talking through barriers to access [Image: – Kiwis]

Katrina Azer, a clinical pharmacist for Tend Health, looks at reasons why patients don’t take their medicines correctly and how health professionals can address it

Mrs B is a 65-year-old patient with a history of multiple comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, atrial fibrillation, dyslipidaemia and asthma, for wh

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