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Maximising patient adherence by leveraging the patient/ physician/ pharma relationship

Director Marc Yates looks at the problem of patient compliance - can a better understanding of patient attitudes, needs and behaviours help pharma develop strategies to improve adherence?
Consider the scenario – the physician has been detailed, is sold on your brand’s benefits and prescribes it to the patient. Unfortunately the patient, perhaps unconvinced of what the drug will do for them, either doesn’t fill the prescription or fails to adhere properly to the treatment regime – that’s assuming they even present in the first place. It’s a common problem, especially for chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis, and one the pharmaceutical industry has invested much time and money trying to solve. Some companies have responded by developing sophisticated technological solutions, such as wireless devices, that remind patients when to take their medication. Unfortunately these solutions have not raised adherence levels because they have failed to get to the heart of the matter. To develop an effective adherence strategy, you first need to develop a more in-depth understanding of the attitudes and behaviours of both the patient and the physician, and the relationship which exists between them.

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4th July 2013

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