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Compliance aids: Do they work?

The decision to use a compliance aid will depend on the motivation of the patient, their specific medication regimen, and their physical and cognitive ability. The administration of oral medicines may be facilitated through the appropriate use of ‘organisers’ which act as aides memoire. ‘Medidos’ and ‘Dosett’ are the most frequently studied compliance aids and […]


Enhancing patient compliance in the elderly: Role of packaging aids and monitoring

Inadequate compliance with medications is a significant contributor to the costs of medical care in every therapeutic area. No matter how severe the consequence, there is no assurance that all patients will take their medications as prescribed. Elderly patients are a particular concern because of their common deficits in physical dexterity, cognitive skills and memory, […]


Importance of calcium co-medication in bisphosphonate therapy of osteoporosis: An approach to improving correct intake and drug adherence

Background and objective: In all of the large, pivotal, multicentre trials of bisphosphonate therapy, patients have received added calcium in amounts ranging from 500 to 1000 mg/day above individual dietary intake. Accordingly, calcium supplements or calcium/vitamin D combinations are currently recommended as co-medication with anti-resorptive therapy in all recently published guidelines on the treatment of […]


Identifying compliance issues with prescription medicines among older people: A pilot study

Background: Older people are at greater risk from polypharmacy and adverse effects due to interactions and altered pharmacokinetics. They may also have greater difficulty managing their medicines and complying with dosage regimens for various reasons. Objective: To identify the types of medicine compliance issues that occur among older people. Method: The study was undertaken in suburbs of the […]