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Groups urge Congress to address adherence in health care reform

With only half of those with chronic conditions adhering to their medications, the health system is spending upwards of $300 billion on unnecessary hospital (re-)admissions, visits to health care practitioners, and costly advanced treatments. Through simple initiatives that promote adherence such as employer- or community-based counseling programs, incentives within the health care system, reminder systems, and broad-based public education, we can potentially save thousands of dollars per patient annually.

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What are drug interactions?

When one drug interacts or interferes with another, this changes the way one or both of the drugs work in the body and can cause unexpected, and sometimes dangerous, side effects.

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OTC pain relievers and pregnancy

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor or nurse before taking any medication (OTC or prescription). It is especially important not to use aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium during the last three months of pregnancy unless directed to do so by a doctor, because these medicines may cause problems in the unborn child, or complications during delivery.

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