The study was conducted on 143 acne patients, and it revealed that 27 percent of the patient don’t use or follow the medication prescribed by the dermatologist.
The patients who are prescribed with one medication showed the least rate of non-adherence which is 9 percent and the patients with two medications showed the highest rate of non-adherence about 40 percent and the patients who are prescribed with three or more medications is about 31 percent.
Study author Dr. Steven Feldman, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina said, “A previous study reported a 10 percent primary non-adherence rate for acne patients, so we were surprised that what we found was more than twice that.”
She added that the pervasive problem in all medicine is non-adherence and particularly when it comes to treating the chronic acne conditions.
They also found that patients were less likely to fill the prescriptions for topical medications like the creams, lotions than for the pills. It was also found that paper prescriptions were less filled than the electronic prescription and over-the-counter products were less likely to be obtained than prescription drugs.
Gender is in any way not related to non adherence of the medication.